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Noise ordinance finally passed by Paradise council

November 19th, 2009 Posted in Opinion

By Seili Lewis

PARADISE–The votes are in: The new noise ordinance with its alterations and a motion to purchase a sound meter passed on a 3-2 vote.

Town Council members discussed the proposed noise ordinance yet again last night and finally came to a decision to put it in the Paradise codes and ordinances book. Revisions were few but effective; a line about barking dogs was stricken from the ordinance and a revised regulation was discussed to be placed in the town’s dog ordinance rather than the noise ordinance.

The changes made to the noise ordinance were necessary, said Mayor Lee Atwood. The idea was to get the ordinance to a point where people could still operate on a day to day basis as normally as possible, and have a provision for those exceptional instances of disturbance, he said.

Town clerk Bev Schiefer was ecstatic when the ordinance finally passed. She said she was really tired of discussing the ordinance so much and hoped that the council would come to a conclusion. The new ordinance will take effect on Jan. 4, by which time the council hopes to have procured a sound meter and learned how to work it.

Troy Fredrickson, fire chief, came in a little more than halfway through the meeting to give the fire department report. The fire department was granted a trespassing permit for their upcoming trap shoot fundraiser. The annual trap shoot will take place the Nov. 28. The council already had the permit ready to go when the fire chief arrived.

After getting the permit squared away Fredrickson proceeded to tell Atwood about grant money the county has requested to get new radios for the fire departments and emergency crews in Cache County. The new radios are required by the federal government to have interoperable radios in case of large-scale emergency operations such as extreme weather events and terror attacks in which emergency crews from all over the country may have to coordinate their radios.

The council wrapped up the meeting by discussing briefly the condition of the roads, water management and upcoming community events. The community will be invited and encouraged to participate in putting up Christmas lights around the entrance to town and the welcome sign.

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