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Noise at park concerts raising some concern

Jeff Clemetson, Sierra Sun

For Torrey Pine Road resident Steve Krowell, concerts at the Truckee River Regional Park Amphitheater are anything but music to his ears.

“We’ve been putting up with an incredible amount of noise for last couple years,” he said.

Krowell and his wife have made numerous complaints to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office about the noise and claim the sheriff has done nothing.

“We’ve stood out on the deck and held the phone up for the dispatcher and they’ve been quite upset about the level of the noise,” Krowell said. “They’ve always offered to send someone out, thinking it was our neighbor, and when we told them it was down at the park they basically said we can’t help you.”

True, said Capt. Gary Jacobson of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. Because the park falls under the jurisdiction of the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District, it doesn’t have to comply with the town of Truckee’s noise ordinance.

“The regional park is its own district and could enact their own ordinance if they want to,” Jacobson said.

On Aug. 9, Krowell and his wife went before the TDRPD board to complain about the excessive noise during concerts held at the park. Krowell said he felt like the board ignored his complaints.

Steve Randall, TDRPD general manager, denied that the board disregarded Krowell’s complaint. He said the board decided to investigate the noise during concerts by borrowing the Sheriff Department’s decibel meter and record the levels at the park and Krowell’s neighborhood before deciding any action.

Randall said that the reason the park doesn’t have a noise ordinance is because the TDRPD doesn’t have the power to enforce one.

In the 16 years that the park has hosted concerts, Randall said there have been a few complaints about the noise. To address the noise complaints, the board lowered the time frame of concerts at the park to 10 p.m., which is consistent with the town’s noise ordinance.

Capt. Jacobson said that as long as concerts end by 10 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office couldn’t act on complaints.

“The only thing that would come into play, is if we got a call for a (disturbing the peace),” he said. “Disturbing the peace is described as loud and unusual noise. And the state has said time and time again that loud and unusual noise is after 10 p.m.”

Although Krowell and his wife were the only community members who showed up to complain about the noise from the concerts at the Aug. 9 meeting, he claimed that the other residents on Torrey Pine Road are just as disturbed by the noise from the concerts.

“My thought is, regardless of how many people are calling in, if it’s disturbing anybody, perhaps something should be done.”


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