PORT ALLEN — An Erwinville resident told the West Baton Rouge Parish Council on Thursday that he was shocked at the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office’s inability to lower the noise at a party that had lingered on to 3 a.m. at a parish recreational facility.
Tommy Dunn said a function at the Erwinville Recreational Complex played loud music from 10 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday.
“Somebody chose to use the Erwinville Recreational Complex as their own club,” Dunn said. “They played to 3 a.m. on Saturday. They started again on Sunday and played music until after midnight even with the rain. I went over and asked them to turn it down. I could hear every word they were saying and I live 3,400 feet from where they were.
“Somebody brought a DJ system with a big speaker system and every sort of derogatory word was heard on the PA.”
Dunn said he called the Sheriff’s Office but the dispatch deputy told him there was nothing that could be done about the noise, but he “could do something about the cursing.”
Council Chairman Gary Spillman said there are noise ordinances on the books and he was aware of instances when the Sheriff’s Office had shut down parties at private residences.
“Please contact me if this happens again because I love going over there to try and straighten things out,” Spillman said.
Parish President Riley “Pee Wee” Berthelot said after the meeting that the event was an all-day softball tournament fundraiser for the March of Dimes.
Berthelot said the party should not have been allowed to go past 2 a.m.
“Sometimes road deputies aren’t familiar with what law has been violated,” Berthelot said.
In another matter, the council amended the 2013-14 budget by $65,593 to fund an assistant fire chief position.
Berthelot said he was preparing the framework for the structure of the future parishwide fire department but was amending the budget only to include funding an assistant fire chief.
West Baton Rouge recently consolidated its municipal fire departments into a single parishwide department and has already hired veteran firefighter Charles K. Stephens as fire chief.
“Right now I want to give (Stephens) some help for the issues we have to cover between now and July,” Berthelot said. “I just wanted that extra set of hands.”
Editor’s note: Clayton Forbes, capital area division director of the Louisiana March of Dimes, said Friday the agency did not organize or sponsor the Erwinville fundraiser.