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|Galesburg City Council to Debate Noise Ordinance
|The ordinance dealing with loud car stereos that Galesburg aldermen once told city officials they wanted will be up for a final vote Monday night.
The Galesburg City Council will vote on changes to the city's loud vehicles that officials say parallels the City of Peoria's ordinance -- allowing for the impoundment of vehicles with stereos police deem loud, along with gradually increasing fees for each impoundment.
But the more aldermen debated it on first reading a month ago, the less likely it seemed to pass.
Third Ward Aldermen Russell Fleming didn't like the ordinance to begin with. "There's no way I'd vote for this ordinance as written," Fleming said. "We do have a noise problem, (and) we've got an ordinance on the books. I'd have no problem having a sting operation. The police sit on a corner for a certain period of time and issue tickets, but as this (ordinance) is written it impounds the car on the first offense. I could go along with a third offense. First offense, I don't think so."
Other aldermen were concerned that teenagers who violate the ordinance would end up getting their parents' cars impounded, while some residents said they didn't think the ordinance would be successful in catching anyone.
The Galesburg City Council will also consider enforcement of the state's indoor smoking ban -- something that, up to now, has been the responsibility of the Knox County Health Department to enforce.
Aldermen meet at 6:30 in council chambers at City Hall -- where a ceremony will be held marking the city's annual Landmark Commission awards.
|05 03 10 by Newsroom
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