New regulation to ease enforcement.
On average, one percent of the Macon County Sheriff's Department's monthly calls are related to nuisance noise complaints. With 13,000 calls a month, about 13 calls placed to dispatch are to report loud music, disruptive neighbors, and other aggravating noises in the county. Until last week, MCSO had no authority or way to handle those calls, resulting in conflicts between neighbors across the county.
"Without a violation of any ordinances It did not matter how loud or how long it went on there was nothing we could legally do," said Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland. “Our officers were frquently told there was nothing preventing them from doing what they were doing and they did not care what their neighbors thought. My officers were simply left with leaving the area without resolving the issue.”
Now, with the passing of the county's nuisance Sheriff Holland, believes his deputies have the backing to address those issues more effectively. While some argue that the new ordinance, which is effective 24 hours a day and clearly defines what noises are considered to be in violation, may cause more work for law enforcement, Holland believes it will actually reduce the time his officers are spending on noise related calls.