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North Bergen considers new regulations on work hours for construction

The ordinance would also apply to motor vehicle repairs

No construction would be allowed outside of the specified work hours in the proposed ordinance. Photo of a construction site in Bayonne by Daniel Israel.

North Bergen is considering revising its work hours regulations for construction and other types of work that may be noisy or intrusive.

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners introduced an amended ordinance regulating hours during which certain work may be done at its October 12 meeting.

The commissioners adopted an ordinance in April of 2006 regulating construction work hours. The township has since determined that it was necessary to repeal and replace that ordinance.

The new ordinance would prohibit “any person, firm, or corporation to make, continue, or cause to be made or continued any excessive, unnecessary or unusually loud noise or any noise which either annoys, disturbs, injures, or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace, or safety of others within the limits of the township.”

Regulating hours for construction and motor vehicle repairs

Operating any tools or equipment used in construction, drilling, repair, alteration, or demolition work would be considered a violation other than between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday. The ordinance would apply to demolition as well as construction, including any site preparation, assembly, erection, repair, alteration or similar action.

There would be no construction allowed on Sundays or legal holidays. The only exceptions would be for emergency work for public service utilities or by permit.

The ordinance would also regulate when motor vehicle work can be done. Repairing, rebuilding, modifying, or testing any motor vehicle would be considered a violation except between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The only exception would be work on private residential property on a motor vehicle or motorboat for the personal use of the resident. The ordinance would apply to motor vehicles including: passenger cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers, semi-trailers, campers, go-carts, snowmobiles, motorboats, and amphibious craft.

The penalty for violating this ordinance would be a fine up to $1,000 for each violation. Each day a violation occurs would be considered a separate violation.

Re-doing the ordinance to address Sundays

Township Attorney Tom Kobin explained the gist of the ordinance after a prompt from Sacco.

“Tom, how does this differ, this ordinance?,” Sacco asked.

“There were a couple of things I think were a concern with the old one,” Kobin said. “One was there wasn’t like a specific bar on a Sunday, the way the old one was worded. Two, this deals with motor vehicle repairs. That’s, I think, been a problem in some neighborhoods with the loud banging of the car and things like that. So that’s been added in here as well.”

Sacco asked if it bans motor vehicle repairs altogether, to which Kobin noted that it only restricts it completely on Sundays, and limits the hours on others.

“It allows it, but it should be keeping it just during the week and Saturday,” Kobin said.

“It doesn’t permit people to work on the street,” Sacco said. “We used to have, years ago, a problem of people working on their cars in the street.”

Police Chief Peter Fasilis confirmed that working on cars in the street was already banned through an existing state law.

The ordinance will be up for a public hearing and vote by the board at the next meeting to be held on October 26 at 11 a.m. in the council chambers at Town Hall at 4233 Kennedy Boulevard. For more information, go to northbergen.org.

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