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Gypsy Road performs at Beaver Dam Lake Days on July 7. Some residents have complained about the noise generated from events such as Lake Days, along with live music at local taverns.

City Attorney Maryann Schacht is looking for input from the police department, city council members and city taverns about possible changes to city noise regulations.

Schacht said a survey sent to tavern owners and city officials is not being sent to the general public at this time.

Schacht told the city’s Administrative Committee in October that she was considering recommending changes to the Beaver Dam noise ordinance, but needed more time to gather input, research other municipal noise ordinances and consult with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.

The Beaver Dam municipal code in Sec. 50-7 states, “no person shall make or cause to be made any loud, disturbing or unnecessary sounds or noises such as may tend to annoy or disturb a person of ordinary sensibilities in or about any public street, alley, park, or any private residence.”

Mayor Becky Glewen weighed in, saying in a statement that this is part of a process and that the city intends to look at this conflict on a broad scale and not in a limited capacity.

“The preliminary survey is only a small piece of information for future discussion and consideration,” Glewen said.

Late in the summer, more than 15 residents attended an Administrative Committee meeting to complain about what they hear as excessive noise from the Thirsty Beaver tavern, 500 Madison St., Lake Days, Jam by the Dam and vehicles in the city.

One of the common complaints about the existing ordinance was that it’s too vague.

A petition with 49 signatures was being circulated near Tahoe Park and Madison Street areas asking the city to review the noise ordinance.

During an October Administrative Committee meeting, Schacht told city council members that she met with tavern owners and concerned citizens related to noise complaints in the Madison Street and Tahoe Park area. It was at that meeting Schacht said she doesn’t want to react fast, but rather collect input from many areas in the city.

In 2014, an ordinance amendment that would restrict taverns from hosting or playing loud music outside after 11 p.m. was tabled after tavern owners and a musician vocally opposed it. It was never brought back to the council.

Ben Rueter covers Beaver Dam, Horicon and Juneau city governments for the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen.