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Slippery Rock to vote on noise ordinance on Tuesday

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Slippery Rock Borough council will vote to amend its noise ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, according to Mayor Jondavid Longo.

The amendment would include implementing a maximum noise level of 90 decibels. At this time, Slippery Rock’s existing noise ordinance does not state that noise must abide within a certain threshold, making the ordinance nearly impossible to enforce, Longo said on Friday, Sept. 15.

Longo said a code enforcement officer would be able to assess whether a certain noise exceeds 90 decibels by using instruments such as a certified decibel reader.

“We do have instruments and work with engineers using those tools,” Longo said.

He said that together with the borough solicitor, council has been reviewing the noise ordinance for a long time. Adding explicit language around the maximum noise level would make the ordinance enforceable, he said.

The amendment would go into effect immediately upon approval, Longo said. He shared that he anticipates council will vote in favor of the amendment next week.

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