AMITE — The Tangipahoa Parish Council agreed Monday to establish a special committee to explore residents’ complaints about excessive noise from various sources and to make suggestions for a proposed noise ordinance that would help to address their complaints.
Councilman Nicky Muscarello said he asked for the committee because of numerous calls he has received from constituents who complain about loud noise from vehicle sound systems, some establishments that stay open late at night, and even gunshots being fired by “hog hunters” near residential areas.
Muscarello said one resident who had made repeated after repeated calls to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Department about nuisance noise in her neighborhood told him that she was advised to contact a parish councilman to try to get the council to pass a noise control ordinance.
Muscarello said there are no regulations on the books now that prohibit excessive noise making in unincorporated areas.
Muscarello, who formerly served on the Hammond City Council, said a noise ordinance could be modeled after a similar measure that was adopted by the Hammond council to help curb excessive noise in that municipality.
If the parish eventually adopts an ordinance, it would set noise limits in unincorporated areas of the parish, Muscarello said.
After some discussion, Parish Council President Carlo Bruno appointed Muscarello and councilmen Louis
“Nick” Joseph, David Veal and Trent Forrest to the committee. Bruno asked that the group report back to the council within eight weeks with a proposed ordinance on the matter.
In other business, the council unanimously approved a resolution endorsing Smitty’s Supply, Inc.’s application for participation in the state of Louisiana Enterprise Zone. Smitty’s Supply, headquartered in Roseland, is one of the nation’s largest blenders of automotive lubricants. According to Smitty’s application for enterprise zone participation, the company plans a $2.9 million expansion to its plant, creating about 50 additional permanent jobs.
Parish President Gordon Burgess advised council members that about $400,000 more than anticipated will be available for road improvements because of favorable bids for the year’s road overlay program.
About $4.3 million will be invested in road improvements during the coming year, Burgess said.