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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Caroline County Tables Noise Ordinance Proposal

On Tuesday, the Caroline County Board of Supervisors tabled proposed revisions to the county's noise ordinance that would have allowed law enforcement officers to use their personal discretion, not decibel meters, to ticket nuisance noise makers.

The proposed ordinance could have had an impact on residents who target practice on their private property.

About 30 people spoke at the public hearing and expressed concerns about the proposed ordinance. Some spoke of the importance of protecting target shooting.

The proposal was problematic because what one officer would consider obnoxious noise would not be to another officer. Leaving this up to the discretion of an individual instead of a specific standard invites trouble.

VSSA will continue to monitor this an let members know if further action is needed should a revised proposal come before the board.

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