Complain about noise by-law infractions

By Bruce Rhodes July 2, 2011 The Liberal


This morning I was awakened before 7 a.m. by the sound of construction equipment operating in the distance; such activity is a violation of the Town's noise by-law.

A while back I was jolted from sleep before 7 a.m. on a Saturday by the sound of pneumatic drills in use at the public school around the corner.

Sufficiently aggravated and concerned, I approached the foreman on site and advised him to cease work until 7, then returned home. The work regrettably continued.

I returned to the school and photographed the workers in action and the licence plate of their truck, and submitted the photos and a summary of my observations to By-Law Enforcement, York Region Police, and the school board.

Within days I was informed that the school board was held responsible for the infraction, they being the property owner.

We do not have to put up with flagrant noise by-law violations. The next time you are roused before 7 a.m. by noisy construction equipment, notify By-law Enforcement; ideally, provide them with the location of the activity.

As I can attest, justice can be carried out in such circumstances.