Lafayette’s noise ordinance, which restricts excessive sounds
in public areas, has been on the books almost eight years, but has seen little
enforcement, according to councilman Bruce Conque. Conque is bringing the issue
up as a discussion item at tonight’s city-parish council meeting. In
particular, Conque is concerned that one resident in his district, Bret
Resweber of 110 Acadian Drive, has filed exactly 100 complaints against Ricky
Smith’s Audio, to no avail. The custom car audio shop in the South College
Shopping Center corners a residential neighborhood and is known for cranking up
the new sound systems it installs for customers. Ricky Smith’s was cited for a noise ordinance violation last year, but the case was thrown out in court because the officer
who issued the citation was not present at the hearing. “Everybody’s just kind of throwing
their hands up and saying, ‘look we’re trying,’” Conque says. “But nothing’s
Adopted in 2000, the city’s noise ordinance sets a
maximum permissible sound level of 60 decibels in residential areas during the
day, and 50 decibels after 10 p.m. Violators are subject to civil fines of up
to $3,000 for each offense. “If I recall,” Conque says, “we spent over $10,000
to write this sound ordinance. We brought in a consultant and everything. My
big question tonight is, alright, we’ve got a good model law. How do we enforce
it?” In addition to the noise ordinance, Conque wants to review enforcement of
other city laws, particularly zoning regulations such as the city’s new sign
ordinance. Conque says he would like to explore issuing immediate tickets to
violators, as is done with parking and traffic violations, rather than go
through the lengthy court process being used now.
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He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.