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Dubuque Council Gives Preliminary Approval to Noise Ordinance Changes

The Dubuque City Council took a step toward amending the city’s noise ordinance with regard to sports games and practices last night. The council was considering a change to the ordinance that would have set allowable times for the noise that comes from sanctioned sports competitions held at local school and college stadiums. It would be permissible between 9:00 AM and 10:00 PM on school nights, and from 9:00 to midnight on weekends. But while the council would be adding allowable hours for games, practices would not receive the same exemption. Councilman Ric Jones said the new language was meant to give police direction when noise complaints are received. Councilman David Resnick pressed the issue when it first came to the council last fall. He calls it a quality of life issue for those who live near Dubuque’s schools and colleges. Councilman Luis Del Toro, who lives near the University of Dubuque, agreed, noting that many of Dubuque’s stadiums have been upgraded in the past 10-15 years. But Councilman Brett Shaw was opposed to the change, noting that only a couple of complaints had been received. Del Toro said that the updated ordinance would strike a balance between the concerns of citizens, police, and the schools. The council added an amendment to the changes which would allow school bands to practice as early ast 7:00 AM. The first reading of the updated ordinance passed on a 5-2 vote, with Shaw and Councilwoman Kate Larson opposed. The council will have to approve the changes twice more for them to take effect.

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