Jackson introduces ordinance limiting construction and demolition deadlines

JACKSON – Residents will have the opportunity on April 12 to comment on an ordinance that, if passed by Jackson Township Council, will prohibit construction and demolition work during certain hours of the day.

City Council Speaker Martin Flemming, Vice-Chairman Andrew Kern, Councilor Alex Sauickie, Councilor Stephen Chisholm and Councilor Nino Borrelli voted ‘yes’ on a motion to introduce the ordinance at the City Council meeting. March 22.

The proposed ordinance changes part of Jackson’s noise laws and states that no construction or demolition activity will be permitted between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday through Friday.

Additionally, no construction or demolition activity will be permitted between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. on weekends and federally recognized holidays. This prohibition will be enforced regardless of the noise generated, as stated elsewhere in Jackson’s noise ordinance.

Borrelli said the proposed ordinance addresses a quality of life issue that was brought to council’s attention at a previous meeting by residents who live near the location where a large commercial development is being built. on route 537.

“We designed this ordinance to be reasonable for residents and business operators, and that is our hope and our goal,” Councilman Sauickie said. This council has been and will continue to be pro-business.

“To be a thriving city, we need to have an active economy that will create jobs, generate income and create a sense of community that residents and visitors can frequent and enjoy,” Borrelli said.

He said board members understand there has to be a balance.

“Where progress does not disrupt or negatively impact the quality of life of our fellow citizens who have entrusted us to represent them, for whom we work and expect us to lead them, and I believe that this ordinance strikes that balance.

“This council has been proactive as best it can to resolve any issues that come before us and lay the groundwork for future councils and even governing bodies in the region to consider and implement in their cities,” Borrelli said.

He thanked Sauickie for his leadership on the issue and said, “We live in a big city and we can’t see everything and know everything. We do our best though.

Sauickie said council members wanted to make sure residents know they are being heard.

“As we were discussing what was going on regarding construction, it became very apparent that there were some common sense changes that needed to be made around the times that construction could be done in town,” Sauickie said.

He said the proposed order was not aimed at a specific project.

“While a (draft) was discussed at the last meeting, this (matter) has come before council more than once and I believe it is only through the repeated concerns raised by residents that ( council members) realized there was a simple change in not limiting construction based on noise, but based on the hours that (activity) is permitted,” Sauickie said.

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