Morton updates noise ordinance

By Audrey Williams

December 3, 2012 Updated Dec 4, 2012 at 10:14 AM CDT

MORTON, Ill --  The village of Morton updated its noise ordinance Monday night. 

At the November 19 village board meeting, members of the Elevate Church packed the meeting while trustees discussed the new ordinance.  Neighbors say they are upset with the church's loud services.

Monday night, the board passed the ordinance unanimously.

Village president Norman Durflinger said he is not sure that this will have any impact on the church but said the village needed to bring their code in line with current court cases.

He said the code is 30 years old and current cases suggest you cannot use decibels to indicate if something is too loud.

"If there's a complaint and an officer and the village attorney feels that a complain needs to be considered to move further in the process then it will be done. But I don't see that there will be a whole lot of change from what the old process was," said President Durflinger.

Durflinger said if there is a complaint  warnings can be issued, but it can go to court if a person or group is not in compliance.

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