Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

December 31, 2012

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Council enacts noise ordinance

Mineral Wells Index

MINERAL WELLS — In response to complaints from residents near downtown eatery Fuzzy's Taco Shop, city council considered several recommendations to enact a municipal noise ordinance.

Leaders reached a compromise between an original proposal submitted by Mineral Wells Police Chief Dean Sullivan and amendments suggested by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The resulting ordinance dictated noise limits in each of the city's unique districts.

Those in residential districts must keep noise below 70 decibels (dbA) between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. The maximum is 60 dbA during nighttime hours.

In non-residential districts, the maximum noise level is 80 dbA during the day and 70 dbA between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

For mixed-use districts, which includes Fuzzy's, legal noise levels are capped at 75 dbA during the day and 65 dbA after 10 p.m. Council approved a weekend exception for the district, allowing a higher noise level, 85 dbA, between 7 a.m. and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Authorities used certified decibel meters to measure noise levels and cited Fuzzy's for noise violation earlier this month. The manager on duty was fined $500 for the infraction.