County Council Holds Hearing on Possible Noise Ordinance | national news
ELKTON – The county council debated on Tuesday the possibility of a new county-wide noise ordinance.
Some residents at the meeting expressed support for the noise regulations, but felt the wording of the bill should be changed, arguing that outdoor concert halls and other commercial properties are not included. in the bill.
âWhen a commercial property joins a residential neighborhood, there should be a regulation that protects the owner,â said Ron McNeil of Elkton.
Elkton’s Russell Johnson also said there should be a fine appeal process.
âEven the intrusive and nasty IRS has an appeal process,â Johnson said.
Johnson also felt that the bill would not be the best use of police resources.
âI want our police to protect us and go after the bad guys,â Johnson said. “Don’t pick on my neighbor who uses his saber saw.”
Chesapeake City resident Cindy Hurt said the bill does not fit well with state law, where nighttime hours begin at 10 p.m. Hurt said the language should be simple, specifically targeting live music.
âIt has become a real quality of life issue for residents who live near these restaurants that offer live music,â Hurt said.
The ordinance exempts utilities, utilities, firefighters and ambulances, agricultural equipment and commercial industrial facilities. There were two amendments to the bill. The original bill included a restriction on noise during the day, but there is currently an amendment so that the bill would only apply to night hours from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. for owners and real estate agents to carry out the necessary work.
A second amendment reduces the order violation fines to $ 50 for the first violation, $ 100 for the second, and $ 300 for the third. The current bill is not based on a decibel meter and fines apply if noise is audible in residential areas 50 feet from the offending property.
Meffley said most commercial properties are in municipalities, so they are not controlled by the county.
âI don’t want to limit companies and what they can do,â Meffley said.
Meffley said the bill was created in response to residents of Cecil County voicing concerns about noise.
The bill is due for consideration on October 5.