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Morgan County Commission to set noise ordinance decibel level

March 24, 2007|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The majority of public opinions favored adopting a proposed nuisance ordinance for Morgan County on Friday at the county commission meeting.

About 30 people attended a public hearing on the proposed ordinance.

The proposed ordinance includes language used in Jefferson County's noise ordinance and Berkeley County's barking dog ordinance.

Racing ATVs and barking dogs dominated many of the public's concerns.

"We need laws to help," county resident Lois Walton said.

Some people were concerned that 65 decibels is an acceptable noise level.

"Sixty-five decibels is not very loud," county resident David White said. "It's a tad low."

Commission President Glen R. Stotler said the commission will decide on the correct decibel level and will test it. He said the commission will refine the ordinance and "do this in as timely manner as we can."

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