Council Targets Racket From Car Stereos

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The Payson Town Council says it's time to lower your decibels or face the music.

At their regular meeting at Town Hall Thursday, council members responded to a plea from Payson resident Karen Buchanan and others to limit the noise levels from boom boxes in vehicles. The council directed staff to draft a noise ordinance.

One man told the council Thursday that his neighbor's son listens to music that vibrates the windows of his home.

Buchanan told the council that the noise levels degrade the quality of life in Payson.

Police Chief Gordon Gartner said some citations are now issued when there is a complaint.

"We go under state law of disorderly conduct," Gartner said. "We may be able to address the problem easier with an ordinance. It will give us a tool."

Gartner told the council that if a decibel meter is used, one such instrument would be available to each shift, but Town Attorney Sam Streichman said the ordinance could be modeled after one in Tucson in which the noise level is measured in distance.

"Tucson says if it's audible from a distance of 150 feet, it's against the ordinance," Streichman said.

Council member Hoby Herron said he would like to see such an ordinance expanded to include noise from homes.

In other business Thursday, the council also directed Streichman to create ordinances regulating wireless telecommunications towers and adult businesses within the town limits.

The council also approved a resolution to authorize the town to become a party to the creation of the Northern Gila County Water Plan Partnership and authorized Gartner to go out to bid for the construction of the new police facility.

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