Alderman: Turn down the music

Alderman: Turn down the music

By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

At the Rockford City Council meeting Monday, May 21, aldermen urged the Rockford Police Department to enforce noise ordinances.

“The hills are alive with the sound of music,” Doug Mark (R-3) said. “And it’s kind of loud.” Mark told the council that he has received an abundance of complaints.

He read the state statute that says a fine up to $50 could result for automobiles that have sound amplification audible 75 or more feet away when on a highway, with the exception of a hazardous system.

“That’s too loud,” Mark said. “That’s a ticketable offense. It basically infringes upon the rights of other property owners.”

The city’s ordinance for any type of property states: “It shall be unlawful to cause or create any unnecessary or unusual noise at any time which annoys, injures, or endangers the comfort, repose, health or safety of others unless such noise is necessary for the protection or preservation of property or of the health, safety, or life of some person ….” Fines are minimum of $15 and a maximum of $500.

Mark indicated that the clamor is more widespread at this time. “It seems to be more of a spring/summer problem,” he stated. “Windows are down. People are outside more.”

He spoke with Police Chief Jeff Nielsen and indicated that he hoped the police would enforce the ordinances.

Pat Curran (R-2) wants the council to use a decibelmeter to scientifically measure noise. He feels that the current ordinance “is very subjective. Change it so we put the objectivity in the ordinance,” he stated.

Victory Bell (D-5) said the council must make sure that whatever the ordinance is, it must be enforceable.

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