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Noise dispute won't bring ordinance change

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Dougherty County commissioners will try to settle a noise dispute among neighbors rather than pursue ways to prosecute a loud musician.

Last week, Jerome Buckhalter asked commissioners for relief for himself and his Acree neighbors from a teenager who drums outdoors every evening. Dougherty County police have been called to the area eight times since November.

The problem is, there is no noise ordinance in the county, so there is no avenue for police to prosecute the drummer. This morning, the county public safety committee decided they will try to mediate the situation.

Commissioner Jack Stone said, "Right now, I think we're going to talk to these people, see if we can't get the whole neighborhood to calm down out there, get it taken care of. We don't need a noise ordinance, I don't think."

The county public safety committee will review the city's noise ordinance to see if they should consider a similar ordinance for the unincorporated county.

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