Town of South Hadley, MA
Hampshire County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of South Hadley 1-11-2017 STM by Art. 14. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Farming — See Ch. 138.
Board of Health solid waste regulations — See Ch. 300, Art. II and Art. III.

§ 179-1 Dead animals and offensive substances.

Dead animals will be removed by the Board of Health and/or the Town Department of Public Works. No person shall place or cause to be placed or left in or upon any public or private street or way, enclosure or grounds, or in any body or stream of water within the limits of this Town, the body of any dead animal, fowl, or any substance or material that is or may become offensive or cause a nuisance, or may tend to obstruct the flow of any stream.

§ 179-2 Unreasonable noise.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to create, assist in creating, continue or allow to continue any excessive, unnecessary or unusually loud noise which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the reasonable quiet, comfort, repose, or the health and safety of others within the Town, including, without limitation:
(1) 
The playing of any radio, phonograph, television set, amplified or musical instruments, loudspeakers, tape recorder, or other electronic sound-producing devices in such a manner or with volume at any time or place so as to annoy or disturb the reasonable quiet, comfort or repose of any person;
(2) 
The keeping of any animal or bird which, by causing frequent or long-continued noise, shall disturb the reasonable quiet, comfort or repose of any person;
(3) 
The use of any drum or other instrument or device of any kind for the purpose of attracting by the creation of noise, unless the person is a participant in a school band activity or duly authorized parade or has been otherwise authorized to engage in such activity by the Selectboard;
(4) 
The operation of vehicles, equipment, tools or machines used as a means of construction, maintenance, repair or demolition of a building site, building, bridge, tower or road between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.; and
(5) 
Engine noise during or incidental to the repair of motor vehicles between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on commercial premises or at any time on residential premises.
B. 
The foregoing restrictions shall not apply or be enforced against:
(1) 
Emergency vehicles;
(2) 
Highway and utility maintenance and construction, necessary excavation in or repairs of bridges, streets or highways, or any public utility installation by or on behalf of the Town, any public utility or any agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
(3) 
Snow removal or street cleaning or maintenance of commercial parking lots;
(4) 
The reasonable use of amplifiers or loud speakers for public addresses, which are noncommercial in nature;
(5) 
Noise caused by agricultural, farm-related activities as defined by MGL c. 128, § 1A, as amended from time to time, including but not limited to the operation of farm equipment, harvesting equipment, noises from farm animals and the like;
(6) 
Noise caused by lawful hunting or other lawful discharge of firearms;
(7) 
Noise from activities that have been duly authorized by the Selectboard; and
(8) 
Organized sporting events on designated fields as sanctioned by the Town or sports organizations.

§ 179-3 Blighted and vacant property.

A. 
No owner of real property within the Town of South Hadley will allow, create, maintain, or cause to be created a blighted property. With respect to a property which has a building or structure within its bounds, the owner of said property will notify the Building Commissioner by registered letter that the property is vacant, in disuse or unoccupied within 60 days of vacancy. The owner must supply primary and secondary contact information for the property to the Building Commissioner. The owner will be assessed $100 for an annual inspection and must make the property reasonably available to the Building Commissioner and/or the Fire District with ten-day notice or sooner if the situation demands. Failure to register a vacant property may cause the Town of South Hadley to fine the property owner $300 a day.
B. 
The owner's primary contact information must be posted conspicuously at or near the front entrance to the building or each significant entrance if appropriate to the structure. The property must be kept secure at all times and safe from vandals, squatters or others who may be a public safety threat or may cause further damage to the structure itself. If the Town is compelled to secure said property, it will lien the property or otherwise seek recompense for related and reasonable costs associated with making the property secure and/or addressing debris on the physical property. If a structure is unoccupied for more than 30 months without cause or reason as determined by the Building Commissioner, an additional fine of $300 per month may be levied or otherwise allowed under MGL c. 40U. The property owner will be notified 10 days in advance of the impending fine via registered USPS mail to the last address registered with the Building Department or the last address available to the Town. An appeal of fines or a request for extension for extenuating circumstances may be requested to the Selectboard.

§ 179-4 Property maintenance.

A. 
All property owners will be responsible to keep their property in a reasonable state of repair. Grass will be kept no higher than six inches; leaves, excessive grass clippings will be removed, composted or otherwise properly disposed of; damaged branches will be addressed; and other debris or litter will be eliminated from the property.
B. 
Violation of this bylaw may result in a fine of $100 per day. The enforcement authority for this bylaw shall be the South Hadley Police Department or South Hadley Health Department.

§ 179-5 Discarded furniture.

A. 
Discarded furniture, mattresses, building material, appliances, electronic equipment or other surplus home goods will not be left on the curb or tree belt unless allowed or approved by the DPW for pickup.
B. 
Violation of this bylaw may result in a fine of $100 per day. The enforcement authority for this bylaw shall be the South Hadley Police Department or South Hadley Health Department.