NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!

One of the hot topics for Tuesday night’s Royston City Council meeting was noise. City Manager Ed Andrews said he had been made aware of an issue with noise in one of the city’s residential neighborhoods.

In that particular neighborhood, which was not named during the meeting, a resident who works at night and sleeps during the day was having trouble sleeping due to loud car radios in the area.

Andrews said he could sympathize with the resident.

I was informed on the 25th of July, one of the councilmen, Wayne (Braswell) and Keith (Turman) hit me up, too, a concerned citizen in an area of town with loud noises. I don’t want to be insensitive to anything, especially when you have a neighborhood where people are trying to live in a peaceful and quiet neighborhood. That’s what we strive for. That’s what a lot of people move here for. I agree with this individual who has made this complaint,” said Andrews.

Andrews said he took immediate action and also got Police Chief Donnie Bolemon involved in helping with a resolution to the problem as well.

I took immediate action the day I was informed, and the chief and I the day after that, was made aware of the situation, we put more presence in that area to try to curb some of that. In review of our ordinances, we do need to take it a step further. We need to look at a few things. Some ordinance signs. You don’t want to paste your whole city up with ordinance signs, but noise ordinance signs should be one of those we should consider placing in areas around town to try to curb some of that. I just don’t want ignorance to be the excuse,” said Edwards.

Both Councilmen Braswell and Turman said they had replied to the resident’s complaint and assured them it would be taken seriously. Turman also said he had invited the resident to come to Tuesday night’s meeting.

At this point, the topic of fireworks came up. Mayor David Jordan said he had been asked about the city’s enforcement of its ordinance on fireworks.

They just asked, and I think it’s because the state law says one thing but the city can preclude fireworks, too, to a certain point. I think we need to get the word out so they will know what the ordinance is,” said Jordan.

According to Andrews, the city does not allow fireworks (or loud noises of any type) between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Along with that, fireworks are only allowed on certain holidays as prescribed by state law.

The state law says regardless of local legislation, the use of fireworks is legal until 11:59 p.m. statewide around the following holidays- Memorial Day (last Saturday and Sunday in May but do not include Memorial Day Monday), Independence Day (July 3 and 4), Labor Day (first Monday in Septembe), New Year’s Eve (December 31 with hours extended to 1 a.m. on Jan. 1)

A question was raised whether residents can use the city park to shoot fireworks in neighborhoods where houses are very close together, but Jordan said state law did not allow that, plus there would be a concern of the debris left behind.

No definitive decision was made concerning fireworks usage other than better educating the public about the city’s policies.