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Cambridge City Council hears concerns over noise ordinance

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Controversial legislation headed for third reading at next meeting

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Cambridge City Council met on Monday night with a second reading for one controversial issue.

The long-considered, much-talked-about noise ordinance was up for its second reading. Park Circle Cafe owner Tom Gieb addressed council before the issue came up for consideration, asking for more possible events to be permitted. Only eight permits per business, per year, have been proposed. Gieb asked for 12 events. The business owner also had some questions regarding some of the details of the planned legislation, regarding enforcement and decibel levels. If approved, the ordinance will allow events to take place only on Friday or Saturday or designated holidays. Sixty decibels is the proposed high for general amplified music. The ordinance, which has been in the works since August of 2013, proposes levels of 85 decibels at 100 feet at permitted events. The Cambridge Police now have a decibel meter capable of measuring noise levels to enforce the ordinance. No action was taken on the noise ordinance, which now moves on to its third and final reading at the next meeting.

In other business, Council OK'd the appropriation of just over $29,450 to the police vehicle line item. The money is in the form of an Insurance check for the replacement of a Cambridge Police cruiser that was totaled in a high-speed pursuit on April 16.

The Code Enforcement Officer requested the appropriation of over $2,900 to Services by Contract. Most of the money, over $2,500, was from scrap profits from the recent Spring Clean-Up. Council approved the request. And the Cambridge Fire Department asked to appropriate $941 into their budget. The funds were an EPA refund from a Hazmat call out. That request was given a thumbs up as well.

And finally Council gave Safety Diretor Rocky Hill permission to apply for a Federal Grant for an elementary school resource officer, in emergency. The grant would pay for 75% of the cost of an SRO for for the elementary schools in the Cambridge City School District.

A scheduling note... Due to vacations and various scheduling difficulties, the next full meeting of Cambridge City Council will take place following next week's committee meetings on June 16th. Finance Committee is set for 4:30, with City Services to meet following Finance. Council will then meet, in full session, at 5 p.m. in council chambers.

Bill Cassler

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