During a recent work session, the Norton Shores City Council discussed the possibility of amending the existing the disorderly ordinance by setting times residents can make noise outdoors. The ordinance would be enforced on a complaint-made basis.
“It’s really quite broad,” said Norton Shores Police Chief Dan Shaw, regarding the current ordinance.
Shaw said the broad ordinance lacks times and makes it challenging to enforce. Complaints often regard garbage trucks and construction crews starting too early.
“Most people believe there is a time in our ordinance, but there is not a time limit,” Shaw said.
The topic was brought to the council for discussion after a resident had police knocking on his door after a neighbor placed three noise complaints. The resident brought it to the attention of Shaw and City Councilwoman Cindy Jurkas. His neighbor called about his children playing basketball a little before 11 p.m. and twice for a loud party.
The council looked at ordinances from the cities of Grand Haven, North Muskegon and Muskegon. Council members Jurkas, Donald Martines and Jerry Wiersma Jr. favored Grand Haven’s ordinance.
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