City of Bowman Holds Off on Making any Changes to Noise Ordinance

September 24, 2013

After hearing from a pair of citizens regarding the city’s noise ordinance, the city of Bowman is going to remain in a holding pattern regarding any possible change after last night’s regular meeting.

Coming before the city council yesterday evening, Bowman resident Sonya Witcher says the noise from her neighbor has become more and more of a problem.

“It’s to the point where it’s that loud it is a major problem”, said Witcher. “This goes on morning, noon, and at night. It doesn’t matter what time of the day or night it is.”

Witcher’s neighbor, David Rivard, was given the opportunity to respond to the claims made by Ms. Witcher, and said he didn’t see it as a major issue.

“I don’t think its too loud, we listen to country music, its not like it is rap, its nothing real loud; it’s the country music and it’s the games”, explained Rivard. “Yeah I have people yell, I have a front door and a two story building in the back, if you knock on the front door and you are upstairs, you can’t hear it at all.”

Bowman City Attorney Andrea Grant said that any possible change to the city’s noise ordinance would potentially have a significant financial impact on the city.

“I am not a judge or jury and I respectfully suggest you all not be a judge and a jury either, but I can tell you it will be very expensive to do something about it, and I can’t guarantee there will be any success after you have paid all the money to do so.”

After hearing from Attorney Grant, Councilwoman Gwyn Bryant suggested that the two neighbors work out the issues between each other, and encouraged them to be more neighborly in that regard.