Beaver Dam Noise Ordinance Changes Tabled

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Administrative Committee heard from a packed house Monday night during their discussion on an update to the city’s noise ordinance. The issue came up last fall when a group of residents voiced their concerns with the loud music coming from local bars and other community events. Those who are in favor of updating the ordinance say a change is needed. Those who spoke against updating the ordinance say proposed changes would result in a negative impact on local businesses and events. City Attorney Mary Ann Schacht researched ordinances in neighboring communities such as Waupun, Mayville, Horicon and Watertown while drafting a new ordinance for Beaver Dam. Schacht says the ordinance is not just for music but pertains to every resident and business. She added that the changes were not targeted at one specific business. A motion to establish quiet hours between 10pm and 6am as part of a newly re-written ordinance died for lack of a second. The ordinance change was ultimately tabled and is expected to be brought back for discussion at future meetings. Four years ago, a motion to change the time frame to 11pm to 6am was also tabled. Beaver Dam Police say as a matter of policy they have been enforcing an 11pm deadline for loud music.