Saturday, October 18, 2003

Fairfield hears complaint: Too noisy

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer contributor

FAIRFIELD - How loud is too loud?

That's the question city leaders are wrestling with after an increase in complaints about boom boxes, car stereos and braking trucks.

It is something that Bob Isfort deals with daily. Loud music increases when teens are headed to school in the morning and home in the afternoon.

"Noise is noise. It would be nice not to have it but the reality is when you live on a busier street it's there,'' said Isfort, who lives on Resor Road.

"This road is a pretty popular thoroughfare. We get a lot of car stereo noise from teenagers and motorcycles, especially on weekends.''

Since 1992, Fairfield has prohibited car stereos from being heard more than 100 feet outside the vehicle. Other laws deal with loud mufflers.

Police Chief Mike Dickey said the laws are enforceable, but might need tweaking. He and Law Director John Clemmons will jointly review those laws to see whether changes are needed.


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