A noise ordinance received final passage from the Jersey City Council last night, posing a potential threat to the local entertainment, bar and night club industry.
â€œJust as tweaks were necessary o the ordinance to make it reasonable for the construction industry in Jersey City, tweaks are necessary for our industry,” said Howard Brunner, owner of Transmission, a Jersey City music and entertainment venue.
A state-wide ordinance that makes sense in Morristown (for example) does not necessarily make sense in our increasingly â€“dense, urban setting.”
Brunner presented a letter asking to table the ordinance until a thorough analysis on sound levels appropriate for venues can be performed.
13 others venue owners including the popular Bistro, O Haraâ€™s, Healyâ€™s Tavern and Tommyâ€™s Brightside signed the letter.
Brunner presented an initial analysis performed by New York Cityâ€™s acoustical consultant Alan Fierstein, of Acoustilog, on the ordinance.
According to Fierstein, â€œDBC measurementâ€ and â€œfast response settingsâ€ can be influenced by air conditioners, trains, planes, trucks and footballs in nearby residences, air movement from outside wind and indoor ceiling fans and the â€œslightest and briefest noisesâ€.
These methods are not accurate methods of measure since it can influenced by sounds not related to what is being investigated, he said.
Acoustilog also claimed that a three-decibel increase would trigger a violation in major cities like New York City, but on the ordinance a two-decibel variation would warrant a violation.
â€œWe want to protect the rights of the citizens who spend five hundred thousand to six hundred thousand on high rises,â€ stated Ward C Councilman Richard Boggiano.
Boggiano explained that aside from construction, music from bars and restaurants are the biggest complaints the city receives, especially after â€œ1 to 2 oâ€™clock in the morning.â€
â€œIf you have a restaurant, if you have a bar, close the door, if not, get sound proofing for the front.â€
The vote was 7-0 with Councilman-at-Large Daniel Rivera and Ward B Councilman Khemraj “Chico” Ramchal absent.
I worked at a very noisy bar/restaurant in the west village for years. We were required to have a sound meter and not go above 88 decibels inside… after a year long series of complaints to the local community board.
Funny that residents of NYC neighborhoods have more sway over local nuisances than the residents of JC and Hoboken.