Urbancrest leaders discuss noise ordinance


By Dedra Cordle
Staff Writer

The nighttime is typically seen as the right time for rest, but residents in the village of Urbancrest say they have been getting little of it thanks to a loud motorcycle.

According to resident complaints relayed by council members at the May 5 meeting, a lone motorcyclist has been driving throughout the village at all hours of the night and causing a big disturbance in their wake.

Councilwoman Shawn Moore said this nighttime ride has been occurring almost daily for the past several weeks and it often takes place at various hours between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

“It is really obnoxious,” she said.

The residents told council they would like to see action taken to quell the motorcycle noise, but they admit it might not be an easy fix.

“We would essentially be telling someone what they can or cannot have on their vehicle,” said councilman Kenneth Skeaton after the subject of banning modified pipes was discussed.

The council said there is a noise ordinance on the books, but they do not believe it touches upon the subject of loud vehicles.

Councilwoman Deborah Larkins-Jackson said if it does not, it should be researched and legislated so the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office can enforce the rules when they hear the noise ordinance being broken.

In other business,the health and safety committee has invited representatives with the Franklin County Engineer’s Office to come to one of their future meetings to discuss traffic issues on Augustus Drive and Urbancrest Industrial Drive. This meeting stems from recently announced plans by the council to restrict the access of motorist turning onto Augustus Drive from Urbancrest Industrial Drive from the hours of 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to ease the congestion on residential roads.

Skeaton said they would seek advice from the engineers regarding the feasibility of enacting the traffic restriction.

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