By Leah Schmalz
Police Chief Tim Ledford presented a revised noise ordinance at the town council meeting last Thursday. The ordinance mirrors the one used by the town of Matthews. It would set the residential decibel limit for amplified sound in the evening to 55 decibels as measured at the property line. For commercial properties the level would be 60 dB.
“What we looked at is a quantitative number that we could use for the maximum level,” Ledford said. The staff tested these noise levels at residential and commercial properties. “You’re protecting the integrity of your next door neighbor but the person creating the sound can certainly have the volume where any person could reasonably enjoy it,” he said. […]