To the Editor:
Noise annoys, and even more so when vehicles are altered to create it. From aftermarket mufflers to poorly maintained vehicles, communities are being increasingly subjected to audio trespassing — the unwanted intrusion of excessive and unnecessary noise.
At the most recent Tipp City Council meeting, I again urged the adoption of an ordinance to address the issue- especially regarding motorcycles, whose riders seem to care little for resident’s needs and rights. As in the last several years Council refused to take any action. One Council member said he was offended- not at the noisemakers disturbing Tipp City — but at the perceived insinuation that Council didn’t care. If anyone should be offended, it should be the people who have to endure the noise day after day while Council sits on the sidelines. Residents deserve active representation, not passive resistance when they experience problems.
Compounding the issue is the fact that Tipp’s law director rides a Harley with aftermarket mufflers- a fact he admitted to when staff and Council was questioned sometime ago. At that meeting he said he would not answer any more questions about his personal choice of mufflers. He has,though, spoken publicly against some of my ordinance proposals. When I attempted to explore his fascination with loud mufflers at this recent meeting, council president refused to let him speak,saying it was not appropriate. While I cannot say for sure, I suspect Mr. Caldwell has had some negative influence on the adoption of an ordinance.
From the council president’s comments, which gave me the impression he had not been paying attention to previous discussions, to the passive nature of most council members, it was difficult not to feel a certain level of frustration. And ironically, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), which lobbies on behalf of riders, urges them to ride more quietly, while the Tipp City Council, seems to send the opposite message.
— Larry Brown