Silver Creek Community residents ask for noise ordinance

Published 6:07 pm Friday, May 10, 2013

Deal said the current proposal is a lot different than the one submitted in 2004.

Silver Creek resident Rita Holden said her biggest concern is with the guns. She said she has a 12-year-old and it’s a big concern when she hears guns go off in her neighborhood. She also said the issues within the neighborhood cause hostility between neighbors and fights, which ends up involving the sheriff’s office.

Planning board member Christel Walter said the development agreement county commissioners recently approved for the new White Oak development includes noise regulations so whatever the planning board drafts should also agree with that.

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Polk County Commissioner Ray Gasperson said he spoke to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, where a noise ordinance has been in place over 10 years. Gasperson said what Deal has proposed is minimal in many ways and just the knowledge that an ordinance is in place is enough to deter the activity.

Gasperson also said the county has approved noise restrictions within the development agreement with White Oak based on what may or may not happen in the future.

“These folks have been dealing with what’s happening for years and years,” Gasperson said. “Why should we be so concerned about what may happen. Why not take a look at what is happening.”

The planning board discussed how the county may be able to handle gun shooting as a separate issue, saying that is a safety issue in a community.

Board member David Smith said if the subdivision has 150 occupied homes, he doesn’t care what someone’s range is no one should be target shooting there.

“We have a gun range,” Smith said. “I’ve got a .22 that states on the box it will travel one mile.”

Member Wayne Horne said due to the Silver Creek community being in an unzoned township, whatever the county comes up with will have to be county-wide.

“I feel for you,” Horne told residents. “It’s got to be enforceable through the whole county.”

The board tabled the discussion until its next meeting, where Ennis said he would invite sheriff Donald Hill and county attorney Jana Berg to attend. The planning board’s next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 13 at 5 p.m.