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No vote on noise ordinance
The BOS did NOT vote on the noise ordinance and had planned not to as a result of the a Virginia Supreme Court ruling in Va. Beach.
Nearly 30 people (27 to be exact) spoke during the public hearing on the noise ordinance, some for and some against. Reasons for ranged from barking dogs to loud engines. Those against it were mostly concerned with being able to target shoot, go hunting or having the police come to their house just because a neighbor is upset.
County staff will regroup to discuss how to handle the ordinance with those public comments in mind.
A likely scenario, from what I could tell, is they may keep the current ordinance (on the books since 1987) that measures loudness with a decibel measuring device. The county had these devices but they could not be found when Lippa took over. They have since been found in the old jail, but are old.
Lippa said he will price newer devices and talk with other localities on how they handle noise, while also trying to find some funding/grants to purchase them.
I’ll post some more info on this later today.