PUBLIC SAFETY / CODE ENFORCEMENT ISSUES
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
When you call Public Safety with a noise complaint you have the right to:
Know the identity of the person you're speaking to (their I.D. number, badge number, etc.)
You can request to be interviewed in person
You can ask that readings be taken even if the responding officer doesn't think it will produce a violation
You can ask that the reading be taken from anywhere on your property. By rule, an officer is only required to monitor noise from the nearest public area to your home (usually the street),
but if the noise is greater from elsewhere on or near your property (like from your backyard instead of from the street), you have the right to ask that the reading be taken from there instead.
On two occasions I have had officers take readings from my front yard (the street) and tell me that there was no violation. But on each occasion, I asked that a reading be taken from my backyard (since that's where I hear it the loudest) and on both occasions a violation was recorded (69.7dB and 70.4dB -- and my yard is almost a half-mile from the center of the range!).
IT CAN BE DONE - BUT YOU HAVE TO ASK!
I have received some complaints about Code
Enforcement not responding to calls, responding
hours later or being "snarky" with people calling in
complaints, claiming equipment failure, etc..
Your name and address
The nature of your complaint
The time and day you called
Who you spoke to (their name and/or dispatch or shield number)
Supervisor Lesko has told me personally that he
intends to treat noise complaints about the range as
a top priority and that he urges everyone affected
by noise to call Code Enforcement frequently
(summonses can be issued Every TWO HOURS) The
Commissioner of Public Safety has been apprised of
this as well.