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City OKs noise ordinance

The Charlotte City Council adopted a noise ordinance Monday aimed at appeasing residents without restricting the operations of bars and restaurants.

The ordinance would restrict outdoor music to 85 decibels from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays through Saturdays. Volume would be restricted to 60 decibels from 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays through Saturdays.

Despite the apparent compromise, Frank Caldwell, a resident of the Elizabeth neighborhood along East Seventh Street, said he is opposed to the new ordinance, which updates a 25-year-old ordinance.

Caldwell, believing that the ordinance does not go far enough, asked council members if they would like to be subjected to amplified music 18 hours a day, every day.

But Phil Rossi, the campaign manager for Save Charlotte Music, a group formed to fight an earlier proposed noise ordinance that was ultimately rejected by the council, said he supports the new ordinance.

Still, Rossi and Councilman Warren Cooksey questioned what they called an ambiguous statement in the ordinance that city code enforcement officers can identify “chronic noise producers” even if they have not been cited for violating it.

A review of the new ordinance will be completed by the city in six months.

Tara Ramsey can be reached at tara.ramsey@mecktimes.com.

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