BLOOMINGTON — The City Council will vote Monday on a new noise ordinance that would allow the city to enforce rules by measuring decibel levels and put time limits on certain activities.
Aldermen during their 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall, 109 E. Olive St., also will vote on whether to adopt rule changes to the city’s dangerous and vicious dog ordinance. Also up for a vote will be a license agreement among the city, Central Illinois Arena Management and Illinois Pro Sports LLC, the company that has taken over the Blaze hockey team that plays at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
Prior to the regular meeting, the City Council will meet in a closed session to discuss police documents related to Assistant Police Chief Bob Wall’s October traffic accident. At issue is whether to accept the Illinois attorney general’s recent order to release the documents to the public of appeal the decision.
As a result of the accident, Wall pleaded guilty to improper lane usage in a plea agreement that dismissed charges of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report property damage.
The proposed noise ordinance would add to rules already in place for noisy animals, loud vehicles and disorderly houses.
It would set the maximum decibel level at 70 for any continuance noise, such as music, and set acceptable hours for certain loud activities.
Permitted demolition and construction could take place between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
The use of “noise-creating” blowers or internal combustion engines that create “raucous” noise across property lines, such as a lawn mower, could occur between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Use of snow removal equipment and landscaping work on golf courses would be exempt.
The proposed rules generally exempt schools, city-sponsored events and permitted outdoor events.
The ordinance would prohibit use of a loudspeaker to disturb neighbors, but Assistant City Attorney Rosalee Dodson, who drafted the ordinance, said the rules are not intended to prohibit a protest in front of City Hall, for example.
In other business, aldermen will be asked to vote on two major street repair contracts. As proposed, the contracts, both with Rowe Construction Co., are for $2.5 million for street resurfacing work and $1.3 million for street and alley repair.