Morton church at the center of noise complaint debate

By WEEK Producer

November 19, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 3:51 AM CDT

MORTON, Ill. -- Village officials are considering a revision to Morton's decades-old noise ordinance to make it more relevant and specific.

A church and its services are prompting the debate. Dozens of residents packed Monday night's meeting to defend Elevate Church.

Neighbors are upset with the church's loud services. The police have been called 55 times in 16 months because of noise complaints.

No tickets have been issued. The church's lawyer says it is doing everything it can to be a good neighbor.

"They took their volume level at a 10 and lowered it to a six for over a month. The consequence of that was no change in the intensity or the intolerance of the complaints," said Elevate's Attorney Bob Hall.

"When you can feel the bass on your floor, I don't know what the scientific outcome of that is, what the decibel readings are, but I know if I am standing in my bathroom and the floor in rattling, it's obviously going to be a little loud," said neighbor Art Netherton.

The proposed changes to the ordinance would allow the city to enforce noise violations. The issue was tabled.

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