DENHAM SPRINGS — The City Council approved increased deposits for utility customers Monday night and passed a resolution concerning noise from businesses, sporting events, parades and festivals.
By a unanimous vote, the council increased deposits for new water, sewer and garbage customers.
Homeowners will see sewer deposits rise from $15 to $40 and garbage pickup deposits rise from $10 to $20.
Deposits for tenants will rise from $50 to $60 for water; from $20 to $50 for sewer; and from $15 to $40 for garbage under the ordinance passed Monday.
Mayor Jimmy Durbin said the deposits will help to make up for losses when people move out of town leaving unpaid utility bills.
The council also created new deposits of $200 for gas and $300 for water hookup for nursing homes, restaurants and dry cleaners.
The ordinance also sets a price of $75 a day for filling of private swimming pools by city personnel.
On the noise issue, the council unanimously passed a resolution to provide clarification of the city’s noise ordinance.
The resolution states that when the council passed a noise ordinance it was not the intent of the council “to interfere with the normal business activities of restaurants and music stores in commercially zoned areas up until the hour of 9 p.m.”
The resolution, which was requested by Denham Springs City Police, said the council also did not intend to “interfere with public functions, such as sporting events or parades and festivals, which are properly permitted.”
The city’s noise ordinance prohibits “any loud and raucous noise in the city which is offensive to persons of ordinary sensibilities and which renders the enjoyment of life or property uncomfortable or interferes with the public peace and comfort.”
Police Capt. Steve Kistler said officers have asked for guidance in enforcing the ordinance in light of complaints against some businesses.
An analysis of the complaints show the complaints are being made by two individuals in different areas of the city, he said.
“I don’t believe it was your attempt to adopt something to interfere with businesses operating in a normal manner,” Kistler said.
Councilwoman Lori Lamm-Williams asked if the council should create a new ordinance that is clearer.
Kistler said that could be done, but it would take time and officers would like guidance in the interim.
Leaving the ordinance as it is also allows officers to take action in cases where there are a number of complaints, he said.