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New changes to Carbondale, IL noise ordinance

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

If your stereo is too loud, you could get a ticket. Now with new changes to Carbondale's noise ordinance, you could get fined for talking too loud.

The sound ordinance that was just passed in Carbondale has been changed from what it was in the previous years.

Before someone could get fined only for amplified sounds, such as a stereo or a TV being too loud.

Now the ordinance states it could come from a person.

“Any time someone is a large gathering of people, that may have the stereo down or the TV off, that's creating a large amount of noise now the police can handle that by issuing citations,” Carbondale police officer, Sgt. Corey Kemp said. “Before we would just have to ask.”

City officials say the change comes after receiving input from the community about parties and other gatherings being a little too loud for the area's liking.

It's an ordinance where residents have leaned on both sides of the table.

“I think it's a great idea,” resident Joanne Vaught said. “I used to live in an area where the noise was really something, you know. And now that I've moved from there, it's just so much better. But I know the people that have to put up with that…it's an aggravation.”

“It seems very quiet here,” resident Chuck Paprocki said. “It would be an imposition.”

So how do you determine if someone is being too loud?

“The police officers do have a meter that's called a decibel meter and it levels the sound it measures how loud the sound is, depending on how the meter is set up,” Sgt. Kemp said. “They're not necessarily going to be a tool that is going to be used all the time. They're not necessary for the new ordinance, but it is used as a tool to help officers.”

City officials say it is up to the discretion of the officer whether or not someone will be given a citation.

Fines range from $100 for a first offense, $250 for the second and a minimum of $500 for a third or subsequent offenses.

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