CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The chimes of ice cream trucks will not be stifled under a new noise ordinance adopted Monday night by the Chambersburg Borough Council, but the owners of car stereos capable of rattling windows and eardrums as they pass could face a $50 fine for a violation.
The council voted unanimously to approve the ordinance, which takes effect immediately, the one change being an exclusion specifically for ice cream trucks under "routine and customary ringing of bells and chimes."
The ordinance includes seven specific prohibitions, including the operation of any radio or similar device from a motor vehicle that amplifies sound to a point "as to be plainly audible or felt" at a distance of 100 feet.
"Are we the noise Gestapo or are we going to make a reasonable attempt to solve a problem?" Council President William McLaughlin asked rhetorically before the vote. Police officers, he said, would use their professional judgment and common sense in enforcing the ordinance.