Southborough – For several years town residents have suggested proposals for a noise bylaw but none have made it into the Annual Town Meeting Warrant.
The purpose of such a bylaw is to ensure an environment free from excessive sound that may jeopardize residents’ health, welfare, safety and quality of life. A citizen’s group, the Southborough Noise Bylaw Project, reviewed a previous proposal, spoke with Southborough Police Chief Kenneth Paulhus and other law enforcement agencies, interacted with members of the Board of Selectmen, studied Massachusetts town bylaws, and modeled a proposal for Southborough based on an established and enforceable noise bylaw.
More than 80 signatures were obtained from town residents for the citizens’ petition. These were turned over by Peter LaPine to the Board of Selectman’s office in the Town House in January. The Noise Bylaw, Article #31, is listed in the 2020 Town Warrant for the Town Meeting Saturday, March 28.
Prior to Town Meeting, Southborough residents are asked to familiarize themselves with the provisions in the Noise Bylaw by reading it and other related materials at the following blog: https://soutboroughma.blogspot.com/?view=classic.
Informational meetings will be held at the Southborough Public Library, 25 Main St., Wednesday, March 18, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 25, from 7-8 p.m. Southborough voters are encouraged to comment, ask questions, and discuss various aspects contained in the proposal at the meetings.