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Proposed bill would simplify how to make a noise complaint in Nashville

Posted at 6:54 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 23:00:48-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Outdoor concerts and city construction projects are not what everyone wants to hear living in a growing city. Some want city officials to limit when noise may get out of control.

Metro Nashville councilman Freddie O'Connell has found himself answering more phone calls from constituents about noise complaints. Currently there are several city ordinances about noise complaints but O'Connell said some residents living downtown may not know who to call for help or if the noise is against city rules.

On Tuesday evening, the council will have a public hearing on an ordinance O'Connell sponsored which would consolidate existing provisions regulating noise, excessive noise, and construction noise into one new proposed ordinance.

"Can we simplify this, can we boil this down into a place where all these different regulations for all these types of noise instead of being sprinkled in 14 different parts of Metro laws are now in this one concise thing," he said.

O'Connell admitted it's not easy pleasing everyone and said construction noise in a growing city will happen. He called this ordinance a temporary solution.

The bill would not regulate construction project times, but would be a helpful resource for who to contact if there is a concern. Construction is allowed to happen any time of day in the city except on Sundays.

"Unfortunately, the nature of compromise is that nobody gets exactly what they want," O'Connell said.

The public hearing will take place at 6:30 p.m. If passed, the ordinance will be taken up again on August 20.


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