FORT VALLEY — The City Council held off on making a decision about a new noise ordinance at its Thursday meeting, citing the need for more time to examine the proposed ordinance.
A new noise ordinance has been deemed necessary to more effectively determine limits to sounds before they can be considered a nuisance to others.
Under the proposed ordinance, among other things, sound heard from a vehicle or dwelling more than 300 feet away would be susceptible to warnings and, eventually, fines for noncompliance.
“We’re trying to make sure folks can get some rest when they need to get some rest,” Mayor pro tempore John W. Ezell Jr. said.
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Many of the changes to the ordinance come as city officials discussed modeling parts of their ordinance after that of Athens-Clarke County. The group voted to table the discussion until next month, which wasn’t a unanimous decision.
“I’d hate to wait another month to do something,” Councilwoman Melba Hester said.
The council decided to take a look at the ordinance after complaints about The Swamp nightclub began pouring into authorities. Randy and Carol Hunnicutt, owners of the Ventura Park mobile home community, just off Ga. 49 on Taylors Mill Road, have received dozens of complaints from residents about the bass and loud sound coming from the nightclub sometimes keeping them awake late into the night.
Marcus Green, owner of The Swamp, has said in the past he wanted to work with the city and law enforcement authorities to find a solution, so his club and area residents and businesses can co-exist peacefully. Green could not be reached for comment Thursday.
To contact writer Marlon A. Walker, call 256-9685.