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Woodstock City Council to consider noise regulations Tuesday

Some residents have complained about noise from bar, bowling alley

A crowd turned up to support the Turning Point fundraiser Aug. 12, 2017, at Nikoís Red Mill in Woodstock.
A crowd turned up to support the Turning Point fundraiser Aug. 12, 2017, at Nikoís Red Mill in Woodstock.

Woodstock City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss establishing a noise ordinance.

A handful of residents who live on or near Southview Drive last October presented a petition to the city protesting loud music in the area. Niko’s Red Mill Tavern and Kingston Lanes were named as the primary sources of the noise, according to city documents.

Woodstock Police Department handles an average of 349 calls related to noise complaints a year. Officers sometimes address noise problems before someone calls it in as well, according to city documents.

The department measured average noise levels in the city before crafting the noise ordinance. Average noise levels were 57 decibels during the day, 55 decibels from 4 p.m. through midnight and 49 decibels overnight.

Decibels of 50 are similar to what one would hear in a quiet office. Decibels of about 60 are similar to a normal conversation or air-conditioner running, according to city documents.

Higher noise readings during October included decibels of nearly 65 during the Farmers Market on the Square, decibels between 56 and 68 decibels when live music and events were occurring at Niko’s and a reading of about 57 when Kingston Lanes had an outdoor event happening, according to city documents.

The proposed noise ordinance will ban noise – including from music, voices, construction or landscaping equipment, and radios, TVs and stereos – that are more than 62 decibels 100 feet from the source property line. The ban would be in effect 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., according to city documents.

City officials could authorize exceptions for special events. The limitations wouldn’t apply to activities or events held in a city-owned facility or city-owned property. City contractors, emergency vehicles and workers are also exempt, according to city documents.

At least one business owner is working to construct a sound barrier on his property, according to city documents.

Woodstock City Council will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at Woodstock City Hall, 121 W. Calhoun St.

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