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‘Time to turn it down’ in Gypsum?

Sarah Mausolf
smausolf@vaildaily.com
Gypsum, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado –Drivers who blast their music in Gypsum, Colorado could get a fine under a noise ordinance town council will consider next week.

Under the rule, drivers could get a ticket if their music can be heard within 50 feet of the vehicle, town manager Jeff Shroll said.

Councilwoman Pam Schultz said the regulations would apply to the “big bass, booming vibrating sound” issuing from some cars.

Schultz said she requested the revisions to the noise rules because residents approach her several times a week with complaints about the music thumping from cars.

“We need to have some recourse to try to get his noise pollution down,” she said. “People aren’t against the music. They’re just against the intrusiveness of it. It’s irritating. You’re trying to sit out in your yard at night. You have this blasting music going ‘boom boom boom,’ ‘thump thump thump.’

“It’s rattling your chair and making your ear drums hurt. It’s time to turn it down.”

Council plans to vote on the ordinance on Tuesday. Council meetings begin at 7 p.m. in the town hall’s meeting chamber, 50 Lundgren Blvd. in Gypsum. The ordinance would take effect a few days after council approves it, Shroll said.

Town attorney Bob Cole has been working out the details of the fines, Shroll said. Cole could not be reached for comment by deadline.

Officers with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office would enforce the rule, Shroll said. Town code enforcers also could crack down on music blaring from stopped cars during business hours.

Currently, Gypsum does not have any rules regarding music blasting from cars, Shroll said.

There are laws that apply to music in your house, though. The rules forbid residents from playing their stereos so loud in their homes that the music is audible 50 feet away, Shroll said.


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