CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Cambridge City Council met in special session on Monday night and approved the long-considered, much-talked-about noise ordinance.
Council amended the ordinance, before passage, to allow ten permits per business, per year, from the original eight that had been proposed. 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. Councilman Tom Laughman Jr. commented on the amended increase in the number of events per year:
The Cambridge Police now have a decibel meter capable of measuring noise levels to enforce the ordinance. The noise ordinance will become law in 30 days.
Council also approved an amendment to the non-union salary ordinance that increases the Park Police Officer's salary to an agreed upon $20 per hour. The Park Patrolman, who is considered a seasonal employee, is paid out of the Park budget.
Council also gave an authorization for the Mayor to sign off on an FAA Grant application for the Cambridge Municipal Airport. And finally approved a resolution providing a notice of services of an area the will be annexed into the city in the near future.
A scheduling note: Due to vacations and various scheduling conflicts, there will be no council meeting next Monday. The next regularly scheduled meeting for council is committees, scheduled for July 7th.