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Jefferson City considers revising noise ordinance

Jefferson City aerial view
Missouri Department of Tourism

Jefferson City Council will hold a public hearing to discuss a proposed noise ordinance Monday.

The proposed noise ordinance limits sound levels in both commercial and industrial zones, as well as in residential areas. The ordinance contains limits that specify maximum noise levels for both day and night. Ralph Bray, Fifth Ward City Council member, said the proposed ordinance will be beneficial because it establishes a way to measure noise levels efficiently.

“On review, it was obvious that it needed to be updated," Bray said. "As we update it, we would like to take advantage of modern technology, for noise, to measure noise levels.”

The noise levels will be determined using a decibel system. Various examples of sound levels will be demonstrated at the meeting.