IRON MOUNTAIN - After two separate public hearings, the amendment to the city ordinance concerning noise passed Monday with no comments and a unanimous vote by Iron Mountain City Council.
Residents living near a tavern on Iron Mountain's Northside had approached the council at the April 16 meeting asking for help concerning the level of noise they were experiencing in their homes as well as property damage.
The old ordinance had made violations a misdemeanor, and used a decibel meter. Since the ordinance was passed, no tickets had been issued and the police found it hard to enforce since the meter didn't measure the bass level in music.
The new amended ordinance uses a reasonableness standard, which is easier to enforce. The violation is now a civil infraction and sets the time of violation from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. unless an exception is granted by the city council.
"We took into consideration the feedback we received and comments about the previous version presented to the council. Changes have been made and it has been reviewed on all levels in the city," City Manager Jordan Stanchina said.
The first public hearing was on May 21 and was to approve an amended ordinance that was written by City Attorney Gerry Pirkola.
The goal was to come up with an ordinance that would allow for increased enforcement opportunities when addressing amplified music complaints.
The first draft had the time of violation for a noise disturbance between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Comments
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