Ordinance 2552: Tool (Noise Allowed) Time, Take 3

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Published: October 16, 2018 @ 6:00 PM EST

After two failed ordinances (2535 & 2545), the governing body is slated to finally tackle when power tools – a list which includes power saws, drills, sanders, grinders, tools, and ‘similar devices’ – can be used in residential neighborhoods.

This latest – and hopefully – final attempt at limiting when people can use power tools will not be between the hours of 7 a.m. till dusk Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. till dusk on weekends and holidays. It also allows for use of power tools outside the permitted hours in cases of emergency and/or in the interest of public health.

The current standing law has the same hours except it does not explicitly state Monday through Friday.

The first version of a new law – Ordinance 2535 – had the same wording as this final revision but did not include an exemption in case of emergency or in the interest of public health.

The second version – Ordinance 2545 – had a set end time of 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

If passed by the governing body, this ordinance will be one of the longest laws to be put on Roselle Park’s books, having taken three months. It will also be the most revised one in recent memory.

The public hearing and vote by council is set for Thursday night’s municipal meeting at 110 East Westfield Avenue. The meeting has a start time of 7 p.m.

A copy of Ordinance 2552 is available below:


Download RP Ordinance 2552