Greensboro City Council to get update on noise ordinance

GREENSBORO, NC — Greensboro Police Chief Ken Miller is set to update the City Council Tuesday night on the effectiveness of a noise ordinance implemented in June.

On June 15th, Greensboro began enforcing an ordinance, that limits noise to a maximum of 75 decibels as measured 15 feet away from a structure.

According to a letter from Chief Miller to City Manager Denise Roth, police cited 54 people or businesses for violating the noise ordinance. None of those violators were fined.

Chief Miller explained in the letter that the results were positive in the opinion of the officers enforcing the ordinance, the business owners effected, and the residents in the area. However, one business person still wants to tweak the ordinance.

Grady Green manages Greene Street near the corner of Greene and Market downtown. Police fined Greene Street $200 Saturday for going over the 75 decibel limit.

Green says the noise was measured at 79 decibels for a brief moment, but that was enough to warrant the fine.

Green says the club noise averaged 69 dB and he would rather the fines were levied based on the average of a short period of time, rather than a brief spike.

It will be up to the Greensboro City Council to decide how the ordinance is enforced as the city moves forward.

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