After months of scrutiny, the Gahanna City Council unanimously amended its noise code Oct. 15 that should turn down the volume earlier in the evening.
The amended noise code retains established decibel levels but implements an earlier time for those limits. In institutional, residential and commercial areas, the noise code begins at 9 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. and in Olde Gahanna it begins at 9 p.m. instead of 11 p.m.
Another change includes the elimination of the maximum peak sound level, meaning the greatest sound level observed at a certain place during a given period of time.
Council also approved exemptions to the noise code for programs, activities or events that are organized, sponsored or sanctioned by a public or private school in the city limits, the Mifflin Township trustees or the city.
Companion legislation to the amended noise code adds an unclassified misdemeanor, punishable by a fee of up to $1,000 and/or 500 hours of community service, to Chapter 501, Penalties for Misdemeanors of the city’s code.
For more on this story, read the Oct. 18 edition of the Rocky Fork Enterprise.