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Dubuque Council to Consider Adding Sports Practice Music to Prohibited Noises

The University of Dubuque’s Chalmers Field, one of the venues where the changes would apply (Courtesy: KCRG).

Dubuque’s City Council will consider barring local schools from playing loud music at outdoor athletic practices during their meeting next week. City Attorney Crenna Brumwell is recommending that the council update the city’s noise ordinance to add music coming from team or intramural practices to the list of prohibited noises. The issue first came before the council in November of last year, when a general exemption to the noise ordinance was proposed for local sports venues. Police Chief Mark Dalsing says that following the council’s discussion, city staff changed course. Football, soccer, and track teams from Dubuque’s public schools all utilize Dalzell Field for games and practices. Loras College and the University of Dubuque each have a half-dozen or more teams that would play or practice on their outdoor facilities. Dalsing says all those practices can add up. The ordinance does not outlaw all music, just what is considered excessive. Dalsing admits that can vary greatly from person-to-person. Enforcement of the ordinance would apply the same to stadiums as it does to a business or residence. The change in the noise ordinance would also set acceptable hours for music coming from athletic competitions. Excessive noise from those events would be allowed during all hours except from 10:00 PM and 9:00 AM on school nights, and from midnight to 9:00 AM on weekends.

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