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Hearing Noise Complaints, Point Beach Council Maintains Construction Hour Rules

Heeding complaints from residents about construction noise, Point Pleasant Beach's Council opted to maintain limits for the hours construction crews are allowed to work.

Construction crews are only allowed to work between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Monday through Saturday.

The Council was considering an ordinance that would add an extra two hours on weekdays to the permitted time for homes that received RREM grants from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to fund reconstruction and house elevation after Hurricane Sandy.

Several residents have complained that the construction noise, contractor traffic and property damage from construction crews has imposed an inconvenience. 
The RREM grants require the work to be completed within 90 days, creating a potential need for a longer work day so people affected by Hurricane Sandy can return to their homes.

Mayor Vincent Barrella, however, said this is a matter regarding how contractors do the work and not a matter of getting homeowners back to their properties.
"They (contractors) shouldn't take on work they couldn't finish in a timely fashion," Barrella said. Contractors should be beefing up their crews to get the work done within the 90-day window, he said.

"We want to get people back into their homes," said Councilman Stephen Reid. He originally thought the RREM program was for 10 houses.  Reid said the possibility of as many as 30 homes undergoing construction from now through autumn has caused him to reconsider his support for extending the construction workday.

Councilman Thomas Vogel suggested that the town my need to get more aggressive about enforcement of current construction laws and keeping on top of the damage done to property by construction crews.

Mike Corbally March 21, 2014 at 11:20 AM
The Council voted 5 to 0 against the ordinance they had drawn up.
Typhoon March 21, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Das... You really don't get it and I'll agree that I'm stupid to entertain your logic. I'm a licensed builder in N.J. I've seen homes take 4 years to get 'done'. Many builders take on 100 jobs at one time and then finish the ones that yell loud enough. I hope the next big job comes next to your house, so you'll learn something about construction.
BoroTaxPayer March 21, 2014 at 03:38 PM
@Rick, If my neighbors house was destroyed by a storm, I think I would be a little understanding. I worked in construction for 20yrs, never took us 4yrs to build a house, you must be a real wiz at it.
Rick Ricky March 21, 2014 at 06:16 PM
@Mike Corballly, Voted 5 to 0 and the reason why none of them should be up there on the Dias in the first place. The town of point beach continuous to make big mistakes and problems for the community that lives there and those who visit the community. Politicians are clueless. @Rick, Yes I had to deal with it more than once. Its called be an understanding neighbor and returned to you if you ever have a problem. What homes took 4 years to built? What builder is that? Most of had some money troubles to take that long. This is an entirely different circumstance. Some people who was affected by the storm didn't know what end was up until a year or more after the storm. It took forever to get a permits and a bad winter and now the town and complaining town people are limiting them to certain hours that are on the books. If a homeowner can work after hours and on Sunday why can't a contractor? As far as renters, I am sure they are not going to bed before 8pm and out all day enjoying the beach and sun rather staying in the rental. I am sure most will deal with it or they should have thought of that before renting.

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