©2011 Galesburg Broadcasting Co.
|Galesburg Noise Ordinance Not as Loud
|There was some confusion among Galesburg aldermen over ultimately how much weaker a new ordinance would be that was designed to deter people from turning their car stereos up really loud, but in the end, the ordinance that was passed isn't the one that the city crafted -- originally, on the advice of aldermen.
The Galesburg City Council voted seven to one Tuesday night, with Third Ward Alderman Russell Fleming voting no, to approve the ordinance that strengthen penalties for loud car stereos, but with one important change -- that the towing of vehicles caught under the ordinance wouldn't start until the second offense, instead of the first.
Another amendment was also offered but was turned down.
Fleming, who voted in favor of making the amendment but did not vote in favor of the re-worked ordinance, says there are better ways to get people to turn it down.
"I just think this is a ridiculous law," Fleming said. "If we want to stop the sound amplification, we have police officers go in and enforce the law -- simple as that. To me, this is going to do nothing except impound a lot of cars for people that are not expecging it -- probably never heard of it. The word will get out quickly, no doubt about that, to the people in Galesburg."
Fleming was referring to the possibility of out-of-towners, he thinks, that may be caught but unfamiliar with city laws.
The Galesburg City Council will meet again Tuesday night for a special work session on the proposed selling of properties around the Lakeside Recreation complex -- following reports that suggested a developer wants to purchase and demolish the former Regency Motel in that area of North Henderson Street.
(The City of Galesburg's page on the Facebook website already had a message about the new sound amplification ordinance Tuesday afternoon, as shown in the box we drew.)
|05 04 10 by Newsroom
Click here for the WGIL News Archive
Click here for national news
The following provision applies to all visitors (which shall include persons and representatives of legal entities, whether such representatives are persons or digital engines of a kind that crawls, indexes, scrapes, copies, stores or transmits digital content). By accessing this Web site or digital service, you specifically acknowledge and agree that: (i) Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium; (ii) No Associated Press materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and non-commercial use; (iii) The Associated Press will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing; (iv) The Associated Press is an intended third party beneficiary of these terms and conditions and it may exercise all rights and remedies available to it; and (v) The Associated Press reserves the right to audit possible unauthorized commercial use of AP materials or any portion thereof at any time.