What’s With All This Noise?

At the Monday (7/12) SiltBOTs meeting, Chief Burris brought up the possibility of making changes to the current noise ordinance, which is as follows [emphasis added]:

9.16.010  Disturbing the peace.

A.   A person commits the offense of disturbing the peace if he makes or creates any excessive or unusually loud noise, or any noise, which unreasonably annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others within the town. Noises constituting disturbing the peace are those noises that the complainant reasonably believes, and the municipal court is convinced beyond a reasonable doubt, are excessive and unreasonable for the time and place when made or created.

B.   Radios, Tape Players, Record Players, Television Sets, Musical Instruments, Compact Disc Players and Similar Devices. It shall be unlawful to use, operate or permit the operation of any radio receiving set, phonograph, tape player, television set, musical instrument, compact disc player, or other machine or device for the production of sound in such a manner as to be plainly audible at seventy-five feet from such device when operated within the town.

C.Engine Braking Device. Any noise created from the operation of any motor vehicle with an engine brake engaged shall be prohibited within the Town limits.

Apparently people who live near the car wash on Main Street have complained that customers play loud music while cleaning out their vehicles. However since the people live within 75 feet of the car wash, they are not covered by the current noise ordinance. The Chief recommended changing the noise distance to 25 feet. After some discussion, the Board directed Chief Burris to look at other towns’ noise ordinances and come up with something that will suit his purposes.


I can’t think of anything Silt needs more than to give the police department greater power to use selective enforcement. Targeting specific individuals for ticketing in certain situations is what Silt PD does best.

But let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. Let’s talk about NOISE.

While we’re at it, can’t we do something about those trains? We have a second story deck. If we’re out there and a train goes through town, between the whistle, the engines rumbling, and the clackety-clackety, we can’t even hear the stereo, much less have a conversation.

Something needs to be done.

Don’t get me started on freeway noise. It’s a constant din. It permeates our lives, especially on cloudy days. It’s depressing noise pollution, day and night. It’s about time we addressed it.

Come to think of it, sirens are loud. They’re scary. They make the dogs howl which causes even more noise. Let’s prohibit sirens inside city limits. They serve no useful purpose.

The garbage trucks beep and growl and rattle. I can hear them coming for blocks. They make way too much noise.

On Sundays I can hear that damn ice cream truck everywhere. All that happy tinkling just makes the kids want ice cream. They get all riled up. More noise. Like sirens and dogs. No more tinkling in town.
Cactus Valley Elementary School is a block away. We are sick of hearing the announcements over the PA system and those buzzers. We don’t want to listen to kids screaming and hollering outside during recess. Plus there are the buses, the traffic, the kids coming and going. Schools are noisy places. They really need to tone it down.

We live near two parks. One has a basketball court. You cannot imagine how that thump, thump-thump, thump-thump, thump from the basketball on pavement for hours on end every evening can slowly … drive you … mad … 

The other park has an outdoor stage. Live music. What can I say? There’s nothing worse on a summer night than sitting down to a good movie only to have it drowned out by guitars and amplifiers.

The kids in the townhouses in back of us make way too much noise when they play outside. The neighbor’s diesel truck is too loud. Another guy plays heavy metal music in his garage.

I could go on and on. It’s a cacophony of noise. All day long.

During the discussion about noise – at the Board meeting – Trustee Fernandez mentioned that he doesn’t like loud music vibrating from vehicles. I know what he means. The neighborhood mailboxes are located at the end of our yard. People idle their engines and play loud music when they pick up their mail. Sometimes our whole house vibrates. We would like it to stop.

So, if we’re going to change the noise ordinance, let’s do it right. Ban all radios or stereos outdoors. People should be required to wear headphones.  And no vibrating allowed in vehicles. In addition, if your door or window is open, turn off the music. Eventually manufacturers will make vehicles that do it for you.

Changing the noise ordinance will open the door for people with “noise issues” to finally seek some justice. Believe me, plenty of people in Silt have “noise issues.” And they will make their complaints heard. Loud and clear – and often.

Especially if they change it from 75 to 25 feet, it will be like a gift to people who hate their neighbors and all the noise they make. They will finally be able to go after them – with the help of the police.

Better yet, if Tod is out in the driveway playing the radio and I want to watch TV but he won’t turn it down, I can call the cops on him.

It’s going to be a free for all. I can hardly wait.

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2 Comments on “What’s With All This Noise?”

  1. Bryan Says:

    Love it, while you’re at it during the winter the gravel they lay down on the streets….

  2. Peggy Tibbetts Says:

    Exactly, let’s outlaw everything. Then the people who want to change the name of the town can call it COP — for Cranky Old People — lol

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