Town board hears earful on proposed noise ordinance and special events laws

— The proposed law also allows for waivers to be granted where enforcement of the law would “create an unnecessary hardship” on residents. Penalties for violating the noise ordinance are a fine of not more than $500 for the first offense, with subsequent offenses fined at not more than $2,500 per offense. If the violation is “continuing in nature,” each one-hour period of violation will constitute a separate, additional and distinct offense, according to the law.

Local law number 3, to repeal Chapter 56 of the town code and replace it with a new chapter to regulate special events within the town, is intended to “establish and lawful and appropriate procedures and requirements for conducting special events in the town of Cazenovia.”

The law states that all special events, indoor or outdoor, having more than 100 people in attendance — as well as meeting certain other requirements — are prohibited unless a special event permit is received from, and a permit fee paid to, the town code enforcement officer. A number of events or activities are excepted from this law, including weddings, family gatherings, graduation parties and other similar events occurring the grounds of a private residence where no attendance fee is required.

Under the proposed law, the CEO also has the discretion to waive the application requirements under “appropriate conditions;” he also has the authority to deny, revoke, suspend or modify the permit if the applicant fails to comply with any aspect of the law.

Penalties for violating the special events law are the same as for the noise ordinance, and also includes the remedy that the town may take the applicant to court to “compel compliance with or to restrain by injunction” for violating the law.

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At the start of the public hearings, Town Supervisor Bill Zupan said, “I hope everybody talks to the law and not to past differences in the town. This is not about one neighborhood but all of Cazenovia. … I want this to be a proper meeting.”

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