City of Mandan drafting noise ordinance

Associated Press

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Mandan commissioners have directed City Attorney Malcolm Brown to draft a noise ordinance mirroring the one that voters passed in November but a judge later struck down.

The measure on the ballot limited noise in residential areas after 11 p.m. and passed with 57 percent of the vote. Local attorney and bar owner Richard Baer said the matter had not been placed on the ballot legally and Judge Donald Jorgensen agreed.

Mandan has nuisance laws on its books but no noise laws. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Mayor Tim Helbling questions if a noise limit is enforceable but says he believes it is what voters want.

Baer says if city commissioners pass a noise ordinance they can expect "all types of legal challenges they aren't ready for."