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Town cuts back hours for making noise

Folks in Milton can now enjoy the quiet of early mornings and evenings, the result of a Town Meeting vote Monday that limits the hours for operating noisy power equipment and vehicles, including backhoes, trucks, bobcats, lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and chain saws.

The rules exempt residents working on their own properties -- unless the work requires a building permit -- and the town, as well as emergency work and snow and ice removal.

Under the bylaw, noise can’t start until 7 a.m. on weekdays and must end by 7 p.m. Noisy work is allowed only from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

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In an unrelated action, Town Meeting also made it harder to tear down old buildings by changing the town’s demolition-delay bylaw, on a 100-76 vote.

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The Historical Commission now can delay demolition by two years -- up from the previous time of nine months. The bylaw also now applies to structures that are 75 years or older; the rule applied before to structures built before 1920.

The bylaw also applies to buildings designated as historic by the state or federal government.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.