Noise plan debated in Fountain Hills

FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ - Town staff in Fountain Hills said they will work to redesign a proposed noise ordinance that has many residents upset.

The staff presented a plan Thursday night that would require noise levels to be measured inside the home of the person complaining about the sound. If a neighbor is having a party, the noise could be as loud as a garbage disposal inside the home next door and still be permitted.

The plan was rejected by the Town Council.

Part-time town resident John Kirkeide called the plan ridiculous.

“It was similar to asking staff, ‘What’s an ideal weight for a person?’” Kirkeide said. “And [staff] came back and said, ‘800 pounds.’ That’s really wrong.”

Fountain Hills Mayor Linda Kavanagh rebuked Kirkeide and praised town staff.

The noise issue will be reconsidered at a future meeting.

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