Kenner councilman may work paid detail as reserve cop, AG rules _lowres

Michael Sigur

The Kenner City Council on Thursday passed a measure designed to eliminate complaints about loud music during private parties at municipal parks and playgrounds.

The council voted 7-0 in favor of making Kenner’s noise ordinance apply 24 hours a day on city property. Previously, the rules had been in effect only from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Except at parties with a permit for a public gathering, music on Kenner city property will have to remain at a level comparable to typical restaurant chatter, officials said.

District 2 Councilman Michael Sigur said Friday he got the idea for the legislation after some residents complained to him about booming music from rowdy daytime parties at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Williams Boulevard and Highway Park on Roosevelt Boulevard.

“I live three blocks from Veteran’s Park, and — oh, yeah — you get the vibrations in the house from the loud music at various parties that are out there,” Sigur said.

District 3 Councilman Keith Reynaud said he and District 1 Councilman Gregory Carroll also received similar complaints. The complaints Reynaud received came from residents bothered by people who rent city shelters along Lake Pontchartrain and have DJs blare music through oversized, pulsating speakers.

“It’s like they have a battle to see who is going to be the loudest,” Reynaud said.

Municipal park rangers armed with decibel readers will help enforce the noise ordinance during its new hours, Sigur said. So will Kenner police officers and employees of the city’s Code Enforcement Department.

Kenner City Attorney Michael Power has indicated that decibel readings will be taken mostly in reaction to new complaints, Sigur said. But Sigur said he suspects complaints will come in steadily until the overly loud music at city parks and playgrounds is under control.

The city’s noise ordinance, intended to regulate music, spells out decibel-level limits that vary by type of property.

The maximum decibel level for public property and single-family residences is 60, which experts say is comparable to normal restaurant conversation.

For multiple-family dwellings, it’s 55, which is similar to typical home conversation; for commercial and business property, it’s 65; and for industrial land, it’s 85, comparable to a newspaper press.

Reynaud said he’s working on legislation that would limit noise levels for people gathering in Kenner’s Laketown section but not in shelters that can be rented from the city. That proposal should be ready in a few months, he said.