City of Pittsburg modifies noise ordinance - KOAM TV 7

City of Pittsburg modifies noise ordinance


The City of Pittsburg could soon have a new noise ordinance. A proposal has been put on the city's agenda for commissioners to approve.  
In previous years, noise complaints were at the discretion of police officers. Jay Byers, Pittsburg's Director of Innovation, says a sound level meter will now take their place. 

"We knew that it wasn't clear, the police always felt uncomfortable forcing it, and there was to much subjectivity in it," said Byers.  

After City Commissioners approved plans to extend the Downtown Overlay District, modifications to the noise ordinance city leaders say, had to come next.   

Byers says, "We went out and took readings around the city, the police department, and the staff went out to see what the ambience noise, traffic noise, and of course we looked at what other cities did."

We asked a local sound expert if the proposed levels would be workable for the downtown district. 

Justin Lair has been working with audio systems for 12 years, and believes 70 decibel (DB) is too low for certain areas.  

"70 DB is going to be almost impossible to keep it in that range," said Lair.  

He says 70 DB could be compared to typing on a keyboard in a office space. 

"I recommend they take a look at it, and do some research on what can cause decibel levels to gain," said Lair.  

Byers expects changes to be made to the ordinance overtime. 

 "None of our laws or ordinance are permanent, if there is a problem with them, if they are hard to enforce, if they are creating issues all of those things can be changed," said Byers.  

City commissioners will vote on the ordinance at the next council meeting on Tuesday, November 26th, at 5:30 PM.


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