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There is a proposed ordinance pending before the Talbot County Council that would remove the long-standing, never in dispute, maximum noise level cap of 55 db, letting it double, to 65 db.
Some see the intent of this new ordinance as encouraging bars and restaurants in the unincorporated parts of the County to use loud outdoor amplified music (DJ, karaoke, live) as an economic development tool. While outdoor amplified music can be good, making it excessively loud is contrary to the 2017 Tilghman Village Master Plan, and is detrimental to property enjoyment and value in close proximity to the noise source.
The group supporting leaving things the way they are, Citizens for Sustainable Communities, is in favor of more music, with greater frequency, but at reasonable levels that they define as the existing 55db.
NOTE: Tilghman restaurants and bars have a long history of serious problems with excessive amplified outdoor music. It has now been illegal other than five times a year at one venue and an occasional event by permit at other locations. For the two years that it was legal and unrestricted at one venue in the 1980’s, it became excessive and took years of citizen and government efforts to curtail it.
This noise level law is County-wide, except in incorporated towns that are permitted to set their own sound levels. St. Michaels has set higher levels for its commercial/industrial and high business-density places where high level sound will not carry long distances and impacts few residences. Oxford allows outdoor music by permit only. Both also have significantly more local law enforcement – the same number of officers on duty covering about one square mile as compared to the County’s 477 square miles. Cost effective enforcement is difficult for this rural County. Tilghman is at the far end of the Country enforcement reach, where laws are sometimes honored more in their breach.
CIA has donated this space for the Citizens for Sustained Communities to present FACTS is support of their position: more music, more often, at reasonable (55db) levels.
Music Is Beautiful(@ 55bdA outdoors)
Free Tilghman (From Sonic Home Invasion)
01. Executive Summary
02 Excepts from the Comprehensive Plan and Village Master Plan
03. Recommendation of Task Force's Sound Expert
04. Power of Different Sounds
05. Sound Facts
06. The Math of Sound: Logarithmic v Arithmetic
07. Decibel Levels of Common Noise Sources
08. Perceived Loudness of a Change in dbA Level
09. "C" Scale
10. Effects of Wind on Perceived Loudness
13.Example of Impact in Rural County
15. History of Tilghman Outdoor Music
16. Guidelines for Writing a Noise Ordinance
17.Amendments to Proposed Laws Needed
18. A Glossary of Sound Terms
The Council will hear testimony for and against its proposed country-wide increase of the legal decibel level in the unincorporated parts of Talbot County from 55db to 65db during the daytime until 10:00 PM. This is a 100% increase!IMPORTANT
Proposed amendments have been posted:
The public Council meeting starts at 6:00 pm. The public hearing portion of the meeting starts at 6:30 pm.
They will be called people to testify in the order that they sign up. There is likely to be a line to sign up.
Come sit in the room even if you are not testifying. The crowd impresses the Council.
You do not need to say anything to explain or defend your position! Staff just counts the people speaking for and against. Just say that a few businesses should not be allowed to disrupt and devalue residential neighborhoods and that 65 db is too high.
Send emails, letters and phone calls to the Talbot County Council.
CSC is a PRO-BUSINESS, pro-outdoor music, coalition of people who want to see the historic nature, culture, economy, livability, and reputation of Talbot County sustained. There is a proposal before the Council on August 14, and likely vote on August 28, that could endanger, even destroy, one or more of our treasured attributes by lifting the noise level cap of 55 db for a few businesses self-interests. This page was created to provide the public with our point of view, support it with factual information, and to correct misinformation. CSC also has a Facebook page, as Citizens for Sustainable Communities. Comments inconsistent with our objective, above, may be deleted. The opposition has its own page, https://www.facebook.com/tilghmanislandcountrystore/for those who like noise, becoming known Internationally as “the new second-hand smoke”, and support imposing it upon others.
If you disagree with eliminating the present and historic noise cap so the limit until 10:00 PM becomes to the very maximum allowable under Maryland State law, let these decision-makers know.
Talbot County CouncilPh. (410) 770-8001Fax (410) 770-8007
Council member email addresses:Dirck K. Bartlett, [email protected]Chuck F. Callahan, [email protected]Corey W. Pack, Vice President, [email protected]Laura E. Price, [email protected]Jennifer L. Williams, President, [email protected]