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March 27, 2012

City Council to exempt ice cream trucks from noise ordinance

GREENVILLE — Every summer, youngsters in search of some cool refreshment listen for the music coming from the ice cream vendors traveling through their neighborhood.

The Greenville City Council intends to give a break the drivers of the trucks by exempting them from the regulations under the city’s noise ordinance.

The Council is scheduled to take a vote to amend the ordinance during tonight’s regular agenda, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is also scheduled for 5 p.m. today.

The Council discussed the noise ordinance during the March 13 work session, at which time they learned the regulations may cause undue hardships to ice cream vendors.

Currently the ordinance prohibits the use of any drum, loudspeaker or other instrument or device for the purpose of attracting attention by the creation of noise to any performance, show, or sale or merchandise.

In a memo to the Council, Police Chief Daniel Busken said research showed some North Texas cities have exempted amplification used on vehicles operated by ice cream vendors from their noise nuisance.

The proposed amendment would permit amplified jingles or music used on vehicles to attract patrons that are operated by ice cream vendors between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., as long as the jingles or music are not found to be “offensive to the ordinary sensibilities of a reasonable and prudent person.”

The amplified jingles or music must also be turned off while a sale is in progress.

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