Additional volunteer applications being accepted for newly formed Noise Bylaw Ad-Hoc Committee

Apply by end of day on Tuesday September 7th

Please apply here and list the "Noise Bylaw Ad-Hoc Committee" in the narrative to indicate your interest for this Committee.

The Committee Charge was updated on August 17, 2021:

NOISE BYLAW AD-HOC COMMITTEE CHARGE

CHARGE AND PROCESS
THE NOISE BYLAW AD-HOC COMMITTEE (THE “COMMITTEE”) IS CHARGED WITH THE TASK OF PREPARING A DRAFT OF A PROPOSED NOISE BYLAW FOR SOUTHBOROUGH (THE “DRAFT BYLAW”).

THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING:
• COLLECT PREVIOUS VERSIONS OF NOISE BYLAWS PREPARED FOR SOUTHBOROUGH’S TOWN MEETINGS;
• REVIEW OF THE NOISE BYLAW EXPERIENCE OF OTHER TOWNS, PARTICULARLY WITH RESPECT TO MEASUREMENT OF NOISE LEVELS AND FLEXIBILITY FOR HOMEOWNERS AND COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPERS TO MAINTAIN PROPERTIES;
• CONDUCT A MINIMUM OF THREE (3) PUBLIC FORUMS FOR COMMUNITY (RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES, ETC.) INPUT;
• CLEARLY DEFINE PURPOSE AND ENFORCEMENT THAT ADDRESS CURRENT ISSUES;
• CONSIDERATION AND EVALUATION OF OTHER APPROACHES TO SELECTED ASPECTS OF THE DRAFT BYLAW, AND PROVIDING A REPORT DESCRIBING THE “PROS” AND “CONS” OF THESE OTHER APPROACHES AND THE REASON(S) THAT THESE ALTERNATIVES WERE NOT RECOMMENDED; AND
• PROVIDING PERIODIC PROGRESS REPORTS, AS MAY BE REQUESTED BY THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN.

MEMBERSHIP
THE COMMITTEE SHALL CONSIST OF FIVE (5) “AT-LARGE” VOTING MEMBERS, AND TWO (2) EX-OFFICIO, NON-VOTING MEMBERS AS FOLLOWS:
• FIVE (5) “AT-LARGE” RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN OF SOUTHBOROUGH, APPOINTED BY THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN;
• THE SOUTHBOROUGH CHIEF OF POLICE, AS AN EX-OFFICIO, NON-VOTING MEMBER; AND
• ONE MEMBER OF, OR DESIGNEE OF, THE SOUTHBOROUGH BOARD OF HEALTH, AS AN EX-OFFICIO, NON-VOTING MEMBER.

TERM, ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATION
• THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS SHALL BE APPOINTED FOR A TERM ENDING JUNE 30, 2022;
• EX-OFFICIO, NON-VOTING COMMITTEE MEMBERS SHALL NOT BE COUNTED FOR PURPOSES OF DETERMINING A QUORUM;
• MEMBERS SHALL SERVE WITHOUT FINANCIAL COMPENSATION; AND
• THE COMMITTEE SHALL DETERMINE WHAT, IF ANY, OFFICERS SHOULD BE ELECTED.

SCHEDULE
• THE COMMITTEE SHALL PERFORM THE WORK AS DETAILED IN THE CHARGE TO DELIVER THE DRAFT BYLAW AND RELATED REPORTS BY NO LATER THAN 30 DAYS BEFORE THE PRINTING DEADLINE FOR THE WARRANT FOR A TOWN MEETING (REGULAR OR SPECIAL, AS APPLICABLE) WHERE THE BYLAW WILL BE CONSIDERED.
• THE COMMITTEE SHALL WORK TO PRODUCE A DRAFT BYLAW FOR CONSIDERATION BY TOWN MEETING AS SOON AS REASONABLY POSSIBLE, WITH THE TIMING OBJECTIVE OF NO LATER THAN THE 2022 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING.

APPROVED BY THE BOS 6-22-2021; AMENDED 8-17-21