'Thank you for your recent newsletter. I reside on Schubert St. and I find the noise from Bates Troy annoying and nerve wracking. I am waiting for the City Code Enforcement office to open so I can register my complaint. Congratulations on your well organized campaign for noise abatement. My heart goes out to anyone who is unable to sleep due to noise and this noise is unacceptable.' - Resident on Schubert St
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We now possess the technical evidence to prove that the noises produced by Bates Troy violate the allowed decibel (dBa) levels set forth in the City of Binghamton's law. As we lack the technical expertise to conduct sound measurements, we must rely upon the measurements compiled by Keystone Associates on behalf of Bates Troy's management. These measurements were released by Brian Kradjian, Bates Troy CEO, to Dave Chadwick, Supervisor of Code Enforcement, and were then released to us via a FOIL response. The measurements that Bates Troy's management commissioned demonstrate conclusively that, even after the modifications they have installed, Bates Troy is in clear violation of the law. On all sides of the building, Bates Troy's sound levels are between 3 to 11 dBA over the permissible limit. These measurements provide empirical evidence for what residents already subjectively knew: the noises are too loud, and are therefore illegal.
Bates Troy is in violation of the permissible decibel levels. According to Chapter 410-24 B, Table 1 of the City of Binghamton's Zoning Ordinance, a commercial or industrial facility may not produce a noise level greater than 55dBa between the hours of 7:00AM and 10:00PM or greater than 50dBa between the hours of 10:00PM and 7:00AM as measured from a residential property . The law is quite clear. According to the measurements provided by Bates Troy, the sound levels they produce after their most recent modifications, as measured from a residential property, are between 53dBA and 61dBa. In other words, every single measurement provided demonstrates they are currently violating the law.
As you can see from this Table, taken from the City of Binghamton's Zoning Ordinance Chapter 410-24 B, the maximum allowed sound levels, as measured from a residential area, are either 50dBa or 55dBa depending on the time of day.
This sound map, provided by Bates Troy's management, demonstrates that on all sides of the building Bates Troy exceeds 50dBa. Therefore, they are clearly in violation of the law.
90 second background summary on the Bates Troy issue (click here if video doesn't appear):
Bates Troy attempts bribery to stop this campaign (click here if video doesn't appear):