MILFORD -  A comprehensive replacement ordinance for #454 Section 74, based on a similar ordinance in Matamoras Borough, was approved by Milford Council, May 7th.

The ordinance defines days, times and decibel levels both for residential and commercial areas of the borough. Quiet times borough-wide are Monday through Saturday are between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. and Sundays 5 p.m. to 11 a.m.

Limits range from 50 dBA in quiet residential times to 70 dBA during the day in the commercial district.

[Editor’s note: A decibel comparison chart prepared by Purdue University lists 50 dB as the noise level in a quiet suburb, conversation at home, or the noise from late electrical transformers at 100 feet. Fifty dB is one-fourth as loud as 70 dB.

Seventy dB is comparable to a passenge car at 65 mph at 25 feet; living room music or a vacuum cleaner.]

Council President Frank Tarquinio pointed out that the gas company (UGI) historically has taken carte blanche by invoking the premise that their work is an emergency situation with work commencing at 7 a.m. and that communication is ongoing with the utility to get them to conform.

Communication Towers - Also approved was an amendment to Section 809 defining communication towers and equipment. This amendment was sparked by a request by a cell service company expressing an interest in establishing a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) also known as mini cell towers within the borough. The change updates the ordinance to meet current technology in the communication field, while regulating them via zoning.

[Other school board items are covered in the Wednesday print edition.]

The Milford Borough Council meets on the first Monday of each month at Borough Hall, 109 West Catharine Street, Milford. Please visit the borough’s website at www.milfordboro.org for detailed information. The Council also holds workshop meetings on the third Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and observe these workshops.