Arundel council passes anti-noise bill Loud music being hushed

September 21, 1993|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

The Anne Arundel County Council last night approved a bill that bans loud music or noise in residential neighborhoods, but gives a break to musicians.

The bill was amended two weeks ago to meet the objections of instrumentalists and band parents.

"Without such an amendment . . . all outdoor concerts would be possibly illegal," Mary Ellen Cohn of the county public schools music office said last night, praising the council amendment. "Every parade within a community could be considered an illegal use of sound."

John Poulos of Arnold, a stereo store owner who organized opposition at the last meeting, spoke out again against the proposed law.

"It is a politically popular law and it is targeted at people with little political clout," said Mr. Poulos, who has argued that the law could be used to harass teen-agers.

The bill, sponsored by Councilman Carl G. Holland, a Pasadena Republican, would ban music or noise in residential neighborhoods that could be heard 50 feet from its source.

Violators would be fined $50 for the first offense, after which the fine would increase by $50 for each subsequent offense until the fourth violation, when it would leap to $500 and the offender could be jailed for as long as 30 days.

In other business, the council:

* Approved a resolution urging County Executive Robert R. Neall to proceed with a study evaluating the feasibility of acquiring Tipton Army Airfield for use as a commercial airport.

The Fort Meade airfield has been designated as surplus as part of the military's nationwide base closure and realignment. But Mr. Neall delayed using a grant that will pay for most of the $175,000 study until he received assurances from the Defense Department that it planned to dispose of Tipton.

Michael Leahy, an official with the county's Environment and Land Use Core, said the local government has received the assurances it needs and a contract for the study should be signed by the end of the month. He said the study should be completed within seven months, in plenty of time to make a decision by the federal government's disposal deadline of Sept. 30, 1995.

* Appointed Kirk D. Crawley, an Odenton resident and attorney with a practice in Baltimore, to the county's Ethics Commission. Mr. Crawley served as an assistant Anne Arundel state's attorney from 1988 to 1991.

He replaces Julie D. Goodwin of Brooklyn Park, who resigned after county officials found she was ineligible to serve. The county charter states that members cannot work for the federal, state or local government. Ms. Goodwin is general counsel to Morgan State University.

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