Carolina Beach Continues Citing Contractors For Working After Hours

Carolina Beach Continues Citing Contractors For Working After Hours

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:16

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - If you hear hammers and power saws after hours in Carolina Beach, call the Police.

The Town began cracking down on contractors in October of last year for violating an ordinance that restricts the hours contractors can operate in order to control noise in residential areas.

Since that time, officials say the situation has improved throughout Town, but they are still answering complaints and officers continue to give warnings and issue $250 citations for violations.

Under the Town's "Noise Control Ordinance" noise from construction activities is permitted from 7AM to 6PM on weekdays and between the hours of 9AM and 5PM on Saturday. No work on Sundays.

The ordinance states, "Such work is prohibited on Sunday for which building permits have been issued, or construction operations not requiring permits due to ownership of the project by an agency of government; provided all equipment is operated in accord with the manufacturer's specifications and with all standard mufflers and noise reducing equipment in use and in proper operating condition. Any exceptions to this provision must comply with the process and procedure by which permits to exceed limits may be obtained."

Carolina Beach Director of Operations Gil DuBois explained on October 24th, the Town had some complaints from people living in the area  around the new Ocean Heights development off Dow Road. He explained, "They've been a good company to work with. Anything we've called to their attention. We've had some noise ordinance calls. We've had some other issues... and we haven't had any repeat issues that I'm aware of."

DuBois said, "We also asked the people if they have a problem to call the police 911 non-emergency number. One of the things I talked to the residents about, if they have an issue where someone is working after 6pm or whatever, if they would call the police department, and we get something documented. If the police get a call and it is documented then the code enforcement officer or the building inspector has something to work off of the next day. If it's a noise ordinance issue, the police department can cite them for the noise violation. If it's documented and they are working after 6pm, well that's on the building permit. So the building inspector can go back and fine them again for working past their permit or either close their permit down."

DuBois said, "I get calls from people in Carolina Sands, from different subdivisions, different workers, about people working on Sunday."

DuBois said the restrictions include painting houses or hanging sheetrock. He said, "It might be something that's not noise, but they should not be there working because it's not authorized on their building permit."

When calling the 911 Center, the public is urged to use the non-emergency number at 910-452-6120. That number is used for “urgency without emergency."

Under the Town's Code of Ordinances, there's a Criminal penalty. In addition to, or in lieu of, such civil penalties or other remedies, violation of that article shall constitute a misdemeanor pursuant to North Carolina General Statute G.S. 14-4 and 160-175, and is punishable for each violation by a fine of up to $500.00.
On Monday June 11th, DuBois explained the additional enforcement has helped curtail violations.

He explained, "Yes we still have a few issues with some contractors working past the permitted hours and a few on Sunday. However the rash of issues in or around Ocean Heights has been greatly reduced since the police have them on their route and they have been issued a few citations for specific violations."
 He explained, "It also appears that we have a new building going up on about every street and there are new contractors and subcontractors involved that may have not been doing any work in Carolina Beach before."

DuBois said Darrel Johnson - Building Inspector - is communicating the regulations to individual builders.

He explained, "Darrel and the planning department is also reviewing or making notes with each specific builder so they are told or given the Town's ordinances stating the authorized work hours. The phone calls to me have lessened to only a few a week pertaining to noise and work being conducted before or after the established and authorized hours."

He explained, "With as much building as we currently have underway on the island, I feel that we are going to have a few issues.  I am proud to state that if anyone does call the Carolina Police Department they do respond and they shut people down if they are in violation of our work hours, days or other specific items."
On Monday June 11th, Police Chief Chris Spivey requested officers patrol areas where construction is occurring. In an email he wrote, "Please ask officers to patrol “shut down” time. It seems like we are responding to 911 complaints. If manpower allows, let’s try to make attempts to stop it before concerned citizens make the call."

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