MAILBAG: Does city enforce noise law?

Harry of Spring Lake asked, "Why doesn't Grand Haven enforce the sound ordinance they have in place?"
Mark Brooky
Oct 8, 2012


e? Primarily I would cite amplified sound, motorcycles and automobiles."


Grand Haven City Pat McGinnis said the city enforces all of its ordinances "with discretion and determination." He said the Department of Public Safety is primarily responsible for noise ordinance enforcement, and most enforcement action is complaint-driven.

"Other violators (vehicles) are frequently warned and are sometimes cited," McGinnis said. "It is a balancing act to control the behavior of some without stomping on the reasonable rights of others."

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So that's why powerboats are penalized and Harley's are not even though powerboats rarely come storming by your residence at six in the morning.


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