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City council unanimously passes noise ordinance

A proposed city-wide noise ordinance has caused a loud debate in Evansville, and after almost three hours of discussion, Evansville city council voted to hopefully put the noise to rest for now. 

17 people took the podium regarding their support and concerns for the proposed noise ordinance. 

After hearing their thoughts, the council discussed nine proposed amendments to put into the new noise ordinance. Some of those passed included increasing the outdoor decibel limit to 75 decibels at all times and changes indoor readings to only be inside apartment complexes. All other readings will be done at property lines. 

The noise ordinance was passed unanimously. 

City council president Jim Brinkmeyer says, "Their voices were heard and you heard a lot of amendments on this particular noise ordinance to a point where we ended up with a 9-0 vote so some compromises were made and at this point at least we have a noise ordinance that gives our local police the ability to enforce." 

While the meeting was long, council members agreed it was a good exercise of government with compromises. 

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(This story was originally published on June 11, 2018)


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