Harborcreek Township puts noise ordinance into effect

ERIE, Pa. -- A new noise ordinance is in effect in Harborcreek Township, but without a police department, many are wondering who will enforce the new rule.

Millcreek Township Supervisor Joe Peck said the township has it covered.

Harborcreek code enforcement officers will respond to any noise ordinance calls when they are on duty. If those officers are busy, the township has contracted the Lawrence Park police to handle any complaints.

The Pennsylvania State Police does enforce ordinances.

Peck said although they've been receiving requests for years to put a noise ordinance in place, he doesn't anticipate a lot of calls.
   
"It's excessive noises that can be heard more than 50 feet off of private property,” Peck said. “Typically large and loud music, shouting, equipment and so forth. There's a number of things that constitute a nuisance”

Although state police do not enforce ordinances, they can issue criminal disorderly conduct charges. If they are called to a residence for excessive noise, troopers said they will typically issue a warning.

If the homeowners don't tone it down, police charge them with disorderly conduct.


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