Marble Cliff Village Council held first reading July 25 of an ordinance to amend village code to enact a "disturbing the peace" section.

Marble Cliff Village Council held first reading July 25 of an ordinance to amend village code to enact a "disturbing the peace" section.

The measure would set regulations for residents and commercial and industrial businesses regarding the operating of equipment and penalties for violating the regulations.

Village solicitor Mitch Banchefsky presented council with a draft of the legislation.

Council members asked that the language be revised to set the allowable hours equipment can be used rather than stating when equipment could not be used so as to avoid disturbing neighbors with noise.

The draft ordinance would allow outdoor equipment, including lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chainsaws or other landscaping equipment, to be used between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Anyone other than the property owner, member of the property owner's immediate family or a person conducting construction activities as a volunteer would only be able to operate construction equipment between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Such activity would not be allowed on Sundays.

The loading or unloading of any commercial truck or van in a residential area or a commercial or manufacturing zone adjacent to a residential area would also be allowed between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and not at all on Sundays.

This section would apply to the use of hydraulic trash-compacting equipment such as commercial refuse collection but not to the loading or unloading of common household items or appliances.

The ordinance also states that, upon written request by an applicant, the mayor or mayor's designee would have the authority to extend the hours during which such activity can be conducted if such an extension is deemed reasonable.

Any violation of the ordinance would be a minor misdemeanor, which would be subject to maximum fine of $150, Banchefsky said.

Each day a violation occurs would constitute a separate offense and separate violations could written up for each day, he said.

"So (the fines) could really add up," Banchefsky said.

Council will further consider the ordinance, including whether the hours should be tweaked, at its Aug. 15 meeting.

Council members also discussed the possibility of considering legislation to enact a noise ordinance to regulate noise emanating from parties, swimming pools and other recreational or social activity at residences.

No ordinance has yet been presented, and council members agreed the issue needs further research and consideration before any legislation would be introduced.

In other business, council member Robert Sterneker proposed converting the vacant lot owned by the village on Cardigan Avenue just west of the railroad tracks into a practice soccer field.

With so many youth soccer teams forming in the Grandview/Marble Cliff area, it is getting increasingly difficult to accommodate all of the teams' activities with the current number of available soccer fields, Sterneker said.

Council members expressed interest in the idea providing that no village money be spent to remove a tree stump located in the lot.

Council president David Roark also suggested that Sterneker and the soccer groups approach nearby businesses to advise them of the proposed plan.