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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • City Commission tables noise ordinance

  • The Devils Lake City Commission looked over proposed Ordinance No. 918 Monday night, and after careful consideration, and substantial public input, commissioners decided to table the ordinance for the time being.
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  • The Devils Lake City Commission looked over proposed Ordinance No. 918 Monday night, and after careful consideration, and substantial public input, commissioners decided to table the ordinance for the time being.
    A handful of residents addressed the commission regarding the ordinance, which is aimed toward addressing the noise issue that this town has had to endure over the last few months.
    All seemed to agree that there is a problem that needs to be solved, but after thorough discussion, it was determined that the ordinance needed to be re-examined.
    One man raised an interesting point about the decibel levels that the proposed ordinance would impose. This man owns a motorcycle, and his concern was that if the ordinance were passed, would operation of his motorcycle result in his being fined.
    Another man thought that the issue needed addressing, but that a strengthened noise ordinance was not the way to go about it.
    The decibel levels proposed by the ordinance in question was a hot topic of discussion. Devils Lake mayor Richard Johnson admitted during Monday night’s proceedings that he isn’t able to determine specific decibel levels on his own, and he wasn’t the only one in the room who could attest to that.
    It was generally agreed upon that some sort of decibel meter would be needed in order to gauge average noise levels in the town. That way, more appropriate decibel limits can be imposed.
    Devils Lake police chief Keith Schroeder indicated during the meeting that such technology has been used in other North Dakota cities in the past, and while cities like Grand Forks and Fargo have not found the technology as useful, Schroeder believes that Devils Lake can effectively utilize a decibel meter, because noise is such a present and immediate issue.
    No indication was given as to when the ordinance would re-appear on the Commission’s agenda, but it seems like this is not the last time Ordinance No. 918 will be considered.
    In other news, mayor Johnson offered his sincerest thanks and appreciation to Jim Moe and the efforts of the Devils Lake firefighters. Members of the rural fire department and volunteers were also present during the fire. At one point, there were as many as 65 firefighters on the scene, according to Moe.

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