DADE CITY — The City Commission on Tuesday night increased the city's budget for this fiscal year after receiving an insurance refund, decided to look into drafting a noise ordinance for the city and approved an annexation of land to be added to Pasco-Hernando Community College.
The budget was amended to about $10.5 million, which is $14,000 more than originally planned. The extra money will be used for repairs to the police department and a fuel contaminant wall at the city equipment yard.
City Attorney Karla Owens said the city has received numerous noise complaints over the years. According to a memo written by Owens, the city has no restrictions on decibel or octave sound levels and noise regulations are too vague.
A new noise ordinance has gone before the commission before, but was not adopted. Commissioner Curtis Beebe wondered why the ordinance was not accepted previously.
City Manager William Poe said the commission "had the feeling there was no need for a noise ordinance." Beebe was not on the commission when that ordinance was defeated.
Owens said new regulations will safeguard the city against legal issues regarding noise complaints and when residents are cited for noise violations. The drafted ordinance will be presented for public comment on March 10.
The commission also approved the annexation of 20 acres along Blanton Road to be included in Pasco-Hernando Community College. The new parcel will hold a welding lab and an entrance.
The commission also honored Mary White, a former schoolteacher, who turned 100 on Jan. 16. White thanked commissioners for the honor and asked them to keep her in their prayers.