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County Executive Leopold Addresses Noise Levels in the County

Annapolis, MD (January 11, 2007) - Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold is confronting the increasing problem of noise by utilizing a bill he sponsored in 2006. The bill, now law, requires the State to have sound level meters available to counties that request them.

Anne Arundel County has submitted a request for one of the two sound measuring devices currently maintained by the Department of the Environment. Anne Arundel County would be the fourth county to request the sound level meter since the legislation was enacted.

"As our County becomes increasingly urban, unwanted noise that is injurious to personal health becomes more of an increasing problem," said County Executive Leopold. "These meters will allow law enforcement officials to record the noise, download and store it, and eventually transfer it to computers to use as evidence if the case goes to court."

Currently, the County ordinance addresses certain noise restrictions in residential areas, with an emphasis on amplified music. The ordinance prohibits any person from operating a radio or similar sound device, as well as a machine, tool or similar device in a residential district where the sound generated by the device can be heard at a distance of 50 feet from the device.

A person who is found in violation can be ordered by a police officer to cease the activity. If the person refuses or fails to comply with the order, he/she will be found guilty of a misdemeanor and will be subject to a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment not exceeding 30 days, or both.

County Executive Leopold is considering introducing legislation to provide for a single comprehensive county noise ordinance that is clear and concise and will address this sensitive, quality-of-life nuisance problem.


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