Noise ordinance wins quiet approval
The final vote on the city's new noise ordinance brought barely a peep from the audience.
"That has to be a record," said acting Mayor Bill Colombo.
The City Council unanimously approved the measure Tuesday night without any of the rancor that has erupted at previous hearings on the noise ordinance. In fact, no one from the public even spoke in opposition Tuesday night.
That's because the final measure strayed little from the emergency ordinance that was already in place. The council nixed the controversial proposals that would have mandated permits for live entertainment and said sound measurements would be taken 50 feet from the source of the sound, even if that was still on the bar or restaurant's property.
Opposition to those parts of the ordinance led council members two weeks ago to scrap them. Instead, as in the emergency ordinance, law enforcement will take sound measurements from the property line of a business or home. The new ordinance also left the maximum decibel level at 55 from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., but raised it to 65 decibels at any other time.