Board adopts noise ordinance

Published 7:29 am Saturday, February 20, 2016

After months of debate and discussion, the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors adopted a noise ordinance during their Feb. 11 meeting.

County Attorney Frank Rennie noted that law enforcement, the commonwealth’s attorney’s office and the local judges all signed off on the proposal.

In calling for its adoption, supervisor T. Wayne Hoover called it “probably the best general ordinance we are going to have.”

The ordinance calls for meters to be used to gauge noise.

Kenbridge and Victoria have their own ordinances, but will be asked to look at adopting the same one as the county, Rennie said. Victoria changed its noise ordinance late last year and made sure not to require the use of meters.

The meters can cost from a few hundred to thousands of dollars, according to Rennie. Rennie has said the sheriff’s department would hold and issue the meters.

The board adopted the ordinance after a public hearing in which only Don Westerlund of Falls Road spoke. Westerlund said he lives near a kennel. “The changes that have been proposed make a strong case to include dogs that are currently given a free pass for these offenses — especially those that are contained in kennels built within 200 feet of a private residence,” he said.

He said activity at the kennel forces his family to “watch television with the volume on high and sleep with a white noise generator at night to drown out their frequent barking.”

Rennie advised Westerlund said the ordinance might apply because it puts a limit on decimal loudness between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.