Bar supports proposed Warner Robins sound ordinance
Jack Morris is the man behind the shows at Chevy’s Bar and Grill in Warner Robins.
“I’m the sound man. I come up here and make sure the bands are compliant withe the law,” Morris said.
He says the existing Houston County law was very vague. Warner Robins’ proposed ordinance gives Morris a definitive sound level to comply with.
“Now you’ve got something to go by. Instead of just somebody saying ‘Well, I think they’re too loud,’ and you getting a citation for it,” Morris said.
If approved, the law wouldn’t apply only to bars. Homes, businesses, and industrial facilities will also have sound level limitations. The ordinance will set a decibel limit for the various properties throughout the day.
Warner Robins Councilman Tim Thomas says complaints from neighbors living behind Chevy’s sparked the idea for the ordinance.
“Most of the problem was from 11 at night til 2 in the morning. Now the decibel will be about 55, which should be enough to take care of the problem,” Thomas said.
Katherine Wade lives directly behind the Chevy’s Bar and Grill. Aside from a few trash cans rattling, she’s never had a problem with the music level.
“If I’m already asleep by the time it happens, I don’t notice it and even if I do, it’s only 10 or 15 minutes and by then, the noise is over and I can go to sleep,” explained Wade.
If the ordinance does pass, Morris doesn’t see it negatively affecting Chevy’s business. In fact, he believes it will help make his job easier.
Thomas expects council will vote on the ordinance during its January 20 meeting. He adds if approved, patrol officers will be equipped with decibel meters.
The Warner Robins Police Department plans to purchase four meters so that one can be used during each shift. Officials expect each one to cost about $300.