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|Galesburg Aldermen Differ on How to Silence Loud Car Stereos
|POSTED 10:37pm 1/4/10 Whatever happens, the Galesburg City Council is clear that they want something to be done with the city's noise ordinances -- especially as they relate to those who drive cars with loud stereos.
Aldermen held a work session Monday night on the city's noise ordinance; but there was a difference of opinions on just how to send out a message that, among other things, pumping up the radio on your car as a way of essentially showing off would be tolerated.
Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza said for him, no penalty is too much -- not even the $75 currently imposed, and is based off of state statute.
"I make no qualms to say we should make a very stiff penalty," Garza said. "For me, if someone is going down the road at 2, 3 in the morning (playing their stereo loud), they're asking for that kind of attention. And I'm willing to give it to them. So, I want to get away from $75. $75 isn't a deterrent in any form or fashion."
Suggestions ranged from substantially increasing fines for loud stereos, to leaving them as is and implementing a "zero tolerance" policy, to even impounding vehicles that the noise comes from.
City Manager Dane Bragg says he'd canvass other communities to see what their stances are, and will bring them back to a future work session.
The Galesburg City Council Monday night did vote to adopt the city's Unified Development Ordinance, combining essentially all the city's development-related ordinances into one document. It will take effect in early July, once some necessary zoning changes to existing properties are made.
|01 05 10 by Newsroom
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