Kenbridge to enforce noise ordinance soon

Published 11:08 am Friday, October 28, 2016

The town of Kenbridge will soon be enforcing a noise ordinance it adopted in July. Kenbridge Town Council adopted the ordinance — mostly based on a similar ordinance passed earlier this year by the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors — after months of discussion.

At the time, Town Attorney Cal Spencer said the ordinance was intended to strike a balance between those with the right to create noise and those who don’t want to be bothered by it.

Early in the council’s discussions, officials said they would focus on things like barking dogs, loud mufflers and loud music, saying such noise affected the entire community. While some council members worried police officers might end up being overrun by barking dog disputes, council ultimately adopted the ordinance.

Kenbridge Police Chief Raymond Hite, who is also a councilman, said Tuesday his officers are still in the process of implementing the ordinance.

“We received the noise meters about two weeks ago and we’re still training,” Hite said.

He estimated officers will be ready to go in about 30 days, and will start educating the public through warnings.

“We never start enforcement automatically through tickets,” Hite said, “but it’s always within our discretion.”

There are exceptions to the ordinance, such as school activities and parades.

Kenbridge started reviewing its noise ordinance after the county adopted its own and asked the towns to consider it. Victoria changed its noise ordinance late last year.