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Wilton To Explore Creation Of Noise Ordinance

WILTON, Conn. – Loud music, all-terrain vehicles and trucks passing by in the early morning are among the reasons the Wilton Board of Selectmen is considering the creation of a townwide noise ordinance.

The board briefly touched on the issue during its Monday meeting. Several residents have approached town officials recently with concerns about loud noises in the area created by other residents and passing motorists.

Ordinances are created to allow residents to live comfortably in their homes, Selectman Jim Saxe said. A report he presented showed that several towns in the area, including Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan and Norwalk, have a noise ordinance in place. Smaller communities may not enforce it at all, Saxe said, and others may have difficulty because of different interpretations of the law.

First Selectman Bill Brennan said he had received five letters from residents complaining about noises from neighbors. The board will have a public hearing in the fall to discuss whether such an ordinance is necessary. Brennan said he has also asked Wilton police about the noise complaints made in recent years.

The town should be careful before putting a new rule on the books, Brennan said. “We have to be sure that there’s a need to have this ordinance before drafting this up,” he said.

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