In every edition of the Ewing Observer, Mayor Bert Steinmann answers readers’ questions, but since the dog days of summer are upon us, Observer has given residents an extra month to send in questions for the mayor. In their place, the mayor answered a few questions posed by the staff of the Observer.

Does Ewing have any kind of noise ordinance in effect? Say someone’s neighbor is having a late night party and is blasting music loudly. What recourse do they have?

We do have a noise ordinance that was passed in June of 2011. The areas covered by this can be found in ordinance number 240-1, which can be viewed online at ecode360.com/9390418. The ordinance, which provides for a penalty of up to $3,000 for violations and covers noise from wrecking balls, machinery, mowers, blowers, music amplifiers, dogs and other sources. The ordinance set limits on the increase in total sound levels in a residential property, particularly between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weeknights and from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. on weekend nights.

From time to time, people go door to door through town either selling products or seeking donations for charity. Does Ewing have regulations regarding solicitors? What should people do if someone comes to their door and is not in compliance with the township’s regulations?

We do have regulations regarding solicitors. The township adopted an ordinance in November of 1998. The ordinance number is Chapter 267 Ordinance number 98-13.
We last reviewed this ordinance in June 2012. The ordinance covers the application, the license required, what happens if denied, appeal rights, fees, exemptions, veterans and volunteer firefighters, nonprofit organization request and political organization requests.
All solicitation requests should start in the municipal clerk’s office at town hall.

If you have someone at your door and they are not in compliance, you should call the police and ask them to investigate. You can also call the clerk’s office or the administration to report the solicitation and we will send out the police to check as well.

If you have a question for the mayor for next month’s edition, submit it by emailing bsanservino@mercerspace.com. You must be a Ewing resident.