Bronx and city streets may become quieter if a new noise code passes

Mayor Bloomberg has been making it a top priority to make streets in both the Bronx and the city quieter. The City Council held the first of a series of hearings Wednesday for an extensive overhaul of the city?s noise control code.

Members of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) outlined a new proposal that focuses on changing five key areas of the current noise code. Some of those areas include reducing noise from construction, commercial music sources and circulation devices, including air conditioners. The proposal also aims to set new standards for what constitutes unreasonable noise.

Under the proposal, police officers would be able to issue tickets by hearing noise within a certain distance. Meanwhile, some are concerned a new noise code will silence Mr. Softee ice cream trucks. Mr. Softee?s owner says he is willing to compromise by stopping the jingle while ice cream trucks are in a park, but the new code will have to have room for compromise as well.

The mayor hopes to have the new code in place by the end of the year.

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