Village of Athens, NY
Greene County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Athens 1-7-1942 (Ch. 60 of the 1976 Code); 5-13-2015 by L.L. No. 3-2015. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 103.
Animals — See Ch. 107.
Outdoor burning — See Ch. 124.
Curfew — See Ch. 131.
Fireworks — See Ch. 153.
Noise — See Ch. 176.
Nuisances — See Ch. 180.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 188.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 201.
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 216.

§ 184-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to preserve the public health, peace and good order and to protect public and private property from vandalism and graffiti, by suppressing the making, creation or maintenance of excessive, unnecessary, unnatural or unusually loud noises which are prolonged, unusual and unnatural in their time, place and use and which are detrimental to the environment. Acts of vandalism on public and private property, such as, but not limited to, streetlights, cemeteries, buildings and structures will not be tolerated.

§ 184-2 Noise restricted.

A. 
In addition to the commercial noise restrictions found in Chapter 176 of the Village Code, no person shall cause, suffer, allow or permit the existence of loud, disturbing and unnecessary sounds which tends to injure, alarm, annoy, harass or disturb the peace or enjoyment of another person's property.
B. 
The following acts, among others, are declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this chapter:
(1) 
The use or operation of any radio, television, phonograph, musical instrument or other machine or device for the producing, reproducing or amplification of sound with louder volume than is necessary for convenient hearing for the person or persons who are voluntary listeners thereto. It shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this subsection if sound emanating from such machine or device is:
(a) 
Audible at a distance of 50 feet beyond the property line of the premises upon which it is being used, between the hours of use from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
(b) 
Audible at a distance of 100 feet beyond the property line of the premises upon which it is being used, between the hours from 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.
(2) 
Keep any bird or animal which, by causing frequent or long-continued noise, shall disturb the comfort and repose of any person in the vicinity.
(3) 
The use of any automobile, motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, snowmobile or any other vehicle in any manner as to create loud and unnecessary noise.

§ 184-3 Prohibited acts in cemeteries.

In any cemetery in the Village of Athens, no person shall:
A. 
Commit any nuisance or deposit any filth or unclean or offensive substance; or
B. 
Commit any immoral act; or
C. 
Use an intoxicating liquor as a beverage; or
D. 
Drive any vehicle over or on any burial lot, sidewalk or footpath without the consent of the owner thereof; or
E. 
Deface, damage or remove any marker or monument.

§ 184-4 Destruction of public lamps and fixtures.

No person shall willfully deface, injure, break or destroy any lamp, supporter or part thereof or any globe, wire, fixture or protection of such lamp, lamppost or lamp support or part thereof, or willfully meddle with or light any lamp or obstruct or extinguish the light thereof on any public street, avenue, sidewalk, lane, alley or in any public place in the Village of Athens.

§ 184-5 Destruction of buildings, docks and other Village property.

Willful damage or destruction of public buildings, structures, docks, bandstands and other property owned by the Village of Athens is forbidden.

§ 184-6 Penalties for offenses.

Any person committing an offense against any provision of the chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable as provided in Article I, General Penalty, of Chapter 1, General Provisions, of the Code of the Village of Athens.