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Ste. Anne’s doubles early morning construction noise fines


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Ste. Anne de Bellevue Mayor Paola Hawa announced the city has doubled the fine from $1,000 to $2,000 for any workers at the Terra townhouse development project under construction caught violating the municipal by-law that prohibits noise before 7 a.m.

The City of Ste. Anne de Bellevue has vowed to crack down on noise scofflaws at the Broccolini Terra townhouse development project in the North sector by doubling fines for repeated noise offences, announced Mayor Paola Hawa at the Monday evening council meeting on April 8.

Joseph Iasenzaniro, who is Director of Business Development and Customer Services at his own construction firm, told the council he couldn’t understand why the city has such a difficult time enforcing its noise by-law even though it has apparently been violated repeatedly.

Noise begins at 6 a.m.

Iasenzaniro lives close to the Terra townhouse development that is located north of the Highway 40 service road near Exit 41 and south of Chemin Sainte-Marie. He’s complained to the city about the noise coming from the construction site, saying it sometimes begins as early as 6 a.m.

“I want to know, what does it take for you guys to do something? If I didn’t know any better, and I apologize if I offend anybody with the statement I’m about to make, is that it seems to me that either one or two things are happening. Either the city is not powerful enough to go against the corporation or you’re getting some kind of donation for the city so you’re letting this go by,” said Iasenzaniro.

Limited authority

“Yes and no,” said Hawa. “In terms of our authority and jurisdiction there’s just so much that we can do. What we have done over the past many months is we have spoken to them nicely and said, ‘Listen. We’re getting complaints. Please stop immediately’. They say, ‘Yes, yes, yes’. It gets quiet for a while and then it starts up again.”

Hawa said there are over 20 people now living in the development that are also aware of the early morning construction noise problem. “It’s not as if you’re the only one saying it. We know what’s going on. Unfortunately, there’s a limit to what we can do,” she said.

$2,000 fine

In order to get Broccolini and the construction workers to comply with the city’s ordinance that prohibits noise before 7 a.m., the city increased the fines for violations from $1,000 to $2,000 per offence. “We have a security guard that is there off and on now starting at 6 a.m. to make sure that we try to catch them as much as we can,” said Hawa.

City Director General Martin Bonhomme said the fine is geared more towards individual sub-contractors who would take a larger financial hit from the hefty fine. “If a worker gets a $2,000 ticket, I’m sure he will stop working,” said Bonhomme.

Not fair to residents

Iasenzaniro said he was still skeptical the increased fines would do anything to stop the early-morning noise. Hawa replied the city is doing everything it can to prevent the obtrusive noise from happening.

“I certainly understand your frustration,” said Hawa. “I share it because I would love to have every tool available to say, ‘You know what? We’re shutting you down for a month. Maybe you’ll learn your lesson.’ It’s not fair to the residents who live there. But there’s a limit to what we can do. We’ll do spot checks and we’ll see what happens in the next few weeks.”

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