The Bartonville Town Council will consider a new noise ordinance at a special meeting on Wednesday.
The town’s current brief noise ordinance was adopted in 2005 and is listed under the town’s zoning code. The proposed ordinance is more extensive and would be listed under offenses and nuisances.
The main difference between the two ordinances is that the proposed one includes maximum decibel levels for residential, commercial and industrial properties for daytime and nighttime.
The town’s noise ordinance has become a contentious issue since the Marty B’s restaurant opened in Bartonville on FM 407 a year ago because of the popular eatery’s live outdoor music on weekends. Owner Marty Bryan has made several improvements to help contain the sound within the restaurant property.
The policy listed in the amendment says the town aims “to minimize the exposure of citizens to excessive noise … It is the express intent of the town to control the level of noise in a manner which promotes commerce; protects the sleep and repose of citizens; promotes the use, value and enjoyment of property; and preserves the quality of the environment.”
If the ordinance is approved by council, violators would be charged with a misdemeanor.
Town staff has recommended the Town Council approve the amendment during the special council meeting that will start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bartonville Town Hall, 1941 Jeter Road East.