If all articles pass the municipal portion of the tax rate will rise from $6.32 in 2017 to $6.74 in 2018, or a 6.6% increase. The WWTP bond is not included in the 2018 $6.74 rate, as the bond is not anticipated to hit the tax rate until 2019. However, the bond if approved will add another $.19 to the muni tax rate bringing it up to $6.94 or an 9.8% increase as a result of Warrant Articles approved in March of 2018. Seven proposed articles are funded from the UFB (Unassigned Fund Balance aka accumulated surplus), which would result in a $540,000 withdrawal. Had the UFB not been used in these articles the impact, including the WWTP bond, would result in a muni tax rate of $7.10 or a 12.3% increase.
Warrant Article Created By: Selectmen
Shall the Town of Hampton vote to amend the Entertainment Activities Ordinance Chapter 149 of the Code of the Town of Hampton as follows:
Section 149-15. A. (1) by striking the items in the box labelled Day/Night and substituting therefore the following: 12Noon to 11PM* Monday through Thursday 75 dB
Section 149-15. A. (1) by striking the items in the box labelled Late Night and substituting therefore the following 11PM to 11:59 PM Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and legal holidays defined in RSA 288, 75 dB
Section 149-16. Police Attendance. by removing the figures 30% in the last line and substituting the figures 50% so that the last line in Section 149:16 reads “Payment for services of these personnel shall be borne by the licensee at current wage rates, plus 50%.
Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 5-0-0
149-15. Noise standards applied. [Amended by 3-13-2012 ATM, Art. 35, ballot vote:
Yes 1788, No 1283; 3-11-2014 ATM, Art. 33, ballot vote: Yes 2356, No 544]
The using, operating, or permitting of an entertainment activity on any premises in such a
manner as to disturb the quiet, peace, or repose and/or comfort of the neighboring inhabitants
or the repose of persons in any office, or in any dwelling, hotel, or other type of residence, or
of any persons in the vicinity or any time with louder volume than is necessary for convenient
hearing for the person or persons who are in the premises in which the entertainment activity
is situated and who are voluntary listeners thereto is prohibited and is governed by all of the
A. Noise Levels
It shall be unlawful for any licensee to emit or cause to be emitted any noise beyond the
boundaries of his/her/its premises in excess of the noise levels established in these
Noise Level Standards.
Sound from any entertainment source controlled by this ordinance shall not exceed the
following limits at the nearest lot line of the "receiving" private or public property:
Sound Pressure Limits
[Decibel levels (dB) measured in the A Scale]
Day/Night 12:00 Noon - 11:00 p.m.* 75 dB
Late Night 11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.* 50 dB
*Because the Decibel level A Scale [dB(A) Scale] responds most closely to the range of
sounds audible to the human ear, the dB(A) Scale shall be used for all sound pressure
measurements; and a violation of the standards of this Section that exceeds 30 seconds in
duration shall be deemed to constitute a violation of this Ordinance.
The Board of Selectmen may waive the noise level standards for events sponsored by the
Town, the Hampton Beach Village District, or the State of New Hampshire including, but
not limited to, parades, special events, occasional public concerts, and fireworks displays.
B. Sound devices shall be controlled to keep sound emanating from the premises within
normal and tolerable limits.
C. The intensity and volume of noise will be regulated so as to cause as little disturbance
outside the building as possible. Means of regulation will include, but not be limited to,
location of the bandstand and orchestra within the building, insulation or soundproofing
of the building, keeping of baffles such as doors and windows closed during hours
permitted and the regulation of volume control on speakers. The Chief of Police or his
designee and/or the Building Inspector shall act as the enforcement authority of this
149-17. Power of enforcement.
The Chief of Police or his designee(s) shall have the following power:
A. To enter upon any premises as licensed under this chapter, at reasonable times, to
ascertain the manner in which the license is exercised under this chapter;
B. To demand the exhibition of the license for the current year or time period by a person
engaged or employed in the establishment or place. If the person fails then and there to
exhibit the license, the entertainment license shall be suspended or revoked and the
person shall be punishable as provided for under this chapter;
C. To revoke licenses of a temporary character at any time without notice in his discretion;
D. To issue citations for the violation of any of the provisions of this chapter.