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Darwin adopts noise ordinance

February 25, 2008

Guidelines similar to neighboring cities

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

The Darwin City Council passed a noise ordinance following a public hearing Tuesday.

Darwin City Clerk Carmen Buhr established a noise ordinance similar to those in effect in surrounding towns.

The ordinance prohibits a person from “the discharging of the exhaust or permitting the discharging of the exhaust of any stationary internal combustion engine, automobile, motor boat, motor vehicle, all terrain vehicle, snowmobile or any recreational device except through a muffler or other device that effectively prevents loud or explosive noises therefrom and complies with all applicable state laws and regulations.” This is effective 24 hours a day.

The second part of the ordinance states, “The using or operation or permitting the use or operation of any radio receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph, paging system, machine, motorized vehicle or other device for producing or reproduction of sound in a distinctly and loudly audible manner so as to disturb the peace, quiet, and comfort of any person nearby.” This is effective between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Anyone filing a complaint should contact the Meeker County Sheriff’s Department. Those who violate the provisions of the adopted ordinance could face a sentence of up to 90 days in jail or up to $1,000 fine, or both.

“It gives the sheriff’s department a leg to stand on,” Buhr said.

Council Member Larry Huhn added, “It’s not so restrictive that you can’t do anything.”

In other business

Buhr informed the council that electricity poles are currently being replaced and Darwin residents can expect the lines to be up and running the first week of March.

Meeker Cooperative will begin to take over the meter readings after the March reading.

In regards to the money from the electrical sale, Buhr will continue to look into investment opportunities through the League of Minnesota Cities.

Buhr also informed the council she will be meeting with the auditor, Monday, March 17. The finalizing is scheduled to be done at the May 5 council meeting.

The council advised Buhr to look into the convergence of the Rolling Oaks development in regards to the vehicles parked on Harvey Riebe’s residential property.

Leon Schumacher gave a report from the last meeting of the Meeker Cooperative Board of Directors. He notified the council he was unsure whether or not he would represent the City of Darwin at the meetings. If anyone is interested in representing the City of Darwin on the Meeker Cooperative board, please contact Meeker Cooperative for an application at (320) 693-3231.

Council Member Lee Peterson was absent for most of the council meeting because he was at the Dassel Fire Department meeting. He did report back to the council that the fire department covers 177 parcels of land within the City of Darwin. For 2008, the city will be charged $40 a parcel for services, and in 2009, $42 a parcel.

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