Richmond City Council
Ordinance – First Reading: IF YOU HAVE A COMPRESSOR ON STATIONARY REFRIGERATED SEMITRAILERS OR SHIPPING CONTAINERS WITHIN 1250′ FROM RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURES – YOUR HOURS OF OPERATION WILL BE LIMITED. If you have an issue with this – contact Mayor Butt’s office immediately:
You can ask for the item to be pulled and request a meeting to discuss the City’s concerns.
INTRODUCE an ordinance (first reading) amending Richmond Municipal Code Chapter 9.52 entitled “Community Noise Ordinance” to prohibit the use of a compressor on a stationary refrigerated semitrailer or shipping container within 1,250 feet from an inhabited residential structure between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. – Mayor Tom Butt (620-6503) and Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin (620-5431).
DISCUSSION: The City of Richmond is home to several businesses that utilize refrigerated semitrailers or shipping containers to maintain and keep fresh consumer products. In locations where such businesses are present, trucks towing or containing refrigerated units often sit idle in the night or early morning with compressors running, producing bothersome noise to nearby residences. The amendment to Chapter 9.52 of the Richmond Municipal Code seeks to maintain and advance quality of life by regulating the hours in which a compressor may be operated on a semitrailer or shipping container within 1,250 feet of an inhabited residence.
9.52.030 – Definitions
(pg4) “Semitrailer” shall mean a vehicle designed for carrying persons or property, used in conjunction with a motor vehicle, and so constructed that some part of its weight and that of its load rests upon, or is carried by, another vehicle, as defined by Vehicle Code of the State of California.
“Shipping container” means any container used or intended for use in packaging the product packed in an immediate container, as defined by United States Code Title 21
9.52.050 – Specific prohibitions.
(h) Refrigeration compressors. The operation of a compressor on a stationary refrigerated semitrailer or shipping container within 1,250 feet from an inhabited residential structure between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.