AMITE — The Tangipahoa Parish Council agreed Monday to revisit the issue of regulating excessive noise after such a move failed in the past to garner much support from the council.
Councilman Nicky Muscarello reminded the council that more than a year ago he was assigned to form a committee to examine the possibility of controlling excessive noise within the parish.
“Because some of you didn’t show much interest in this, it became a moot point … but I haven’t stopped working on this and I am asking you to give this some serious consideration this time,” Muscarello said.
Muscarello said he met with Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards, and the sheriff said the council needs to pass such an ordinance so deputies will have rules and regulations on their side when they are asked in response to loud noises that are a nuisance to others.
Muscarello presented each council member with a copy of the noise ordinance used in Hammond.
That set of laws relies on the number of decibels being issued by a sound source as measured with a special meter. The levels of noise that are excessive are drawn from the American National Standards Institute.
Decibel levels that are considered excessive noise from many sources, including mufflers, vehicle sound systems, motorcycles, live music performances and construction are included in the document.
Councilman Carlo Bruno, who represents a largely rural area, said an ordinance covering the entire parish “just won’t fly.”
Bruno said excessive noise seems to be a problem in incorporated areas and in residential neighborhoods in close proximity to such areas.
“We have loggers in my district who start working at 5 a.m. and the equipment they use will exceed any decibel standard you set,” Bruno said.
Bruno, who also said farming operations could be hampered by the noise ordinance, suggested noise control only be exercised in certain areas with heavy population concentrations.
Councilman Greg Varnado, whose district also is largely rural, agreed with Bruno.
Varnado said his district includes 200 miles of roadways and enforcing a noise ordinance would be almost impossible in his district.
Council President David Vial ended the discussion by instructing Muscarello to call committee meetings on the matter and come back later with a proposal that could fit the needs of the entire parish.
In other business, the council voted unanimously to commission a study to determine how best to make entrance and exit ramps off of Interstates 12 and 55 more attractive.
Vial said the council will look for grants or state and federal financial aid to deal with the problem of litter and uncut grass at the intersections.