KEYSER - Flooded by noise complaints in the weeks just before and after the Fourth of July, the Keyser City Council are considering a noise ordinance.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - Flooded by noise complaints in the weeks just before and after the Fourth of July, the Keyser City Council are considering a noise ordinance.
The officials are not sure, however, if they want to try to pass an overall noise ordinance which they admit might be difficult to enforce, or whether they want to focus on late-night fireworks.
Police chief Karen Shoemaker has been gathering copies of ordinances in use in other municipalities, and told the council members recently that they might want to “sit down and look at multiple ordinances and see what you want from each one.”
City administrator Randy Amtower told the News Tribune that noise ordinances in general are difficult to enforce because “what’s loud to one person isn’t necessary loud to another person.”
He suggested such an ordinance could outline how many decibels are allowed, but decibel meters would have to be purchased for the officers.
“We’d have to look at the cost and how many you’d have to purchase,” he said.
“You can measure decibels, but you can’t measure common sense,” council member Karol Ashenfelter said, referring to those who were putting off fireworks at all hours.
According to Shoemaker, she will be attending a meeting with police chiefs from all over the state in September, and she suggested the council wait until she can gather some additional sample ordinances.
“I do think, however, you’d be better off just to take on the fireworks at first,” she said.
“Maybe we just need to address the (fireworks) problem and not an ordinance,” Amtower agreed.
No action will be taken until the council can look at some additional sample ordinances from other cities.