Crawford trustee James Sorensen has asked the council to consider updating the town's noise ordinance.
Currently, the ordinance addresses unreasonable noise, noisy domesticated animals and the use on a vehicle of gongs, whistles, sirens or red lights to imitate an emergency vehicle.
At the July 17 work session, Sorensen gave council members a copy of the Colorado noise statute. It regulates the noise level in decibels allowed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. If the noise exceeds the levels listed in the statute it is considered a public nuisance.
Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee was asked to address possible enforcement of a noise ordinance. "The main issue is where are you going to try it?" McKee asked. "When we issue a summons for an ordinance violation, it's not something that's going to be heard in the county court. So the possibility exists that you can partner with Hotchkiss or Paonia in their court system."
Another consideration McKee brought up was the increase in hours for his officers. "We get into an overtime situation. So we will need to bill the town for those costs to our deputies when they are required to go to court on their time off." He also said there could be overtime in just handling the calls to enforce the ordinance if they become significant.
Mayor Susie Steckel asked if the costs could be passed on to the perpetrator.
The judge would decide the fine based on the town's ordinance plus court costs. "Whatever is left over will come back to the town in some manner," McKee said.
Sorensen asked what would happen with the state noise statute.
McKee said he had not researched the state's statute deeply.
"The sheriff's office could enforce [the noise ordinance], but we don't want to get into enforcing a lot of local ordinances. We could on certain situations," McKee said.blog comments powered by Disqus