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By Martine Miller, MPIO - Town of Mount Pleasant Communications Manager
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (April 13, 2022) – At yesterday’s Council Meeting, Mayor Will Haynie and Mount Pleasant Town Council voted unanimously to implement a 90-day noise ordinance pilot program effective May 1. The goal of the pilot program is to capture the data needed to modify the existing noise ordinance, a law which limits the allowable noise level at different times of day for the benefit of its citizens. The data collected will include information regarding decibel level, exemptions, times, and measurements. A measurement of 55 decibels from the property of the individual making the noise complaint will be a focus of the study.
“The purpose of the noise ordinance is to eliminate the noise that keeps you from that quiet enjoyment of your property that you are guaranteed by law. We are hoping that 55 decibels will work, but before we pass a new ordinance, let’s conduct a data trial period and see what works,” said Mayor Haynie.
Police Chief Mark Arnold indicated that the pilot program will study excessive noises town wide and not every day temporary noises such as yard work and children playing outside.