Noise law debated in Jefferson County

October 29, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - A proposed law to control noise in Jefferson County is getting mixed reviews from Jefferson County Commissioners.

Under the proposed law, the commissioners would hear cases involving those who violate the law, Commissioner Greg Corliss said Thursday.

Corliss said he does not believe the commissioners should be hearing cases involving noise concerns.

Anyone cited under the law should answer to the violations in Jefferson County Magistrate Court, Corliss said.

Commissioner Rusty Morgan said he likes the proposed law so far.

Under the proposal, noise problems could be considered a public nuisance if they affect more than one person, Morgan said.

With that type of language, county officials should be able to eliminate a lot of noise problems, Morgan said.

The commissioners agreed to study the proposed law, which was written by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brandy Sims, next week.

The commissioners agreed to consider a noise law after hearing complaints recently from people about noisy neighbors.


A woman who lives in the Orchard Hills subdivision off Mildred Street complained to the commissioners about young people having parties near her house that sometimes last until 3 a.m.

A group of homeowners from the Glenn Meadows subdivision near Shepherdstown, W.Va., complained to the commissioners about late-night partying in their neighborhood.

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