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Mike Smith
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Username: Mike214

Post Number: 4
Registered: 08-2003
Posted on Tuesday, September 02, 2003 - 07:31 am:   

Does the City's noise ordinance apply to the ball park? If so, why were they allowed to have fireworks at 10:30 PM this past Saturday night. Why were citizens not informed this was to occur? If the noise ordinance does not apply to the ball park, why not?

(Message edited by amyg on September 02, 2003)
 

Mack Borchardt, Fire Chief
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Username: Mack_borchardt

Post Number: 5
Registered: 07-2003
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 10:58 am:   

Mr. Smith,

The Frisco Fire Department permits fireworks displays in Frisco with the focus of these reviews being from a fire safety perspective. We recognize that this weekend the noise from the fireworks was heard in many areas outside the area of Dr. Pepper / 7-Up Ballpark. It seemed that the noise traveled further this weekend; possibly due to certain weather conditions not experienced in past displays. We also recognize that Citizens probably only expect fireworks during July 4th and New Year's events. Saturday evening I talked to another person that had a similar concern.

Mr. Mike Demaine of the RoughRiders informs us that they will only be asking for one display permit to celebrate a Series win (he assured me they were going to win). He will be modifying the program by eliminating percussion discharges and otherwise decreasing the overall noise.

Mr. Demaine had also received calls regarding the fireworks and was planning to modify the show prior to my getting in touch with him. He assured me of the RoughRiders intent to be a good neighbor. He indicated he would appreciate the opportunity to also get input from his neighbors and the entire community. He or Marty Whitaker are available to meet with Homeowner's Associations or other interested groups to discuss this or any other aspects of the RoughRiders program. They can be contacted at 972-731-9200.

I would encourage anyone with questions to meet with the RoughRiders Staff to provide additional input. The Frisco Fire Department will continue to monitor noise as well as other aspects of the fireworks displays. Our goal will be to insure a blend of quality entertainment and safety while respecting the interests of those Citizens in the areas around Dr. Pepper / 7Up Ballpark.

Thank you for your interest and input,
Mack Borchardt
Frisco Fire Chief
972-335-5525
 

Mike Smith
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Username: Mike214

Post Number: 9
Registered: 08-2003
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 02:22 pm:   

Mr. Borchardt, I appreciate your response as it relates to City permits for fireworks. However, my questions are: Is the ballpark exempt from the noise ordinance? My understanding is the noise ordinance bans "loud activities" after 10:00 PM. Is my understanding correct? If so, why are the Roughriders exempt from this time of day?
 

Mack Borchardt, Fire Chief
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Username: Mack_borchardt

Post Number: 6
Registered: 07-2003
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 04:55 pm:   

Mr. Smith,

I am in the process of getting more in-depth answers for you. These answers will be forthcoming, hopefully, tomorrow. While I am waiting for those answers I can tell you that, to my knowledge, the Dr. Pepper / 7Up Ballpark is not exempted from the requirements of the "noise ordinance". I hope to clarify for you the relevant times in the Ordinance and any other information that could better answer your questions. I do apologize for the delay in getting back to you and hope to have more information very soon.

Thank you for your patience,
Mack Borchardt
Frisco Fire Chief
972-335-5525
 

Mack Borchardt, Fire Chief
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Username: Mack_borchardt

Post Number: 7
Registered: 07-2003
Posted on Friday, September 05, 2003 - 01:43 pm:   

Mr. Smith,

I appreciate your patience while I compiled some information. The "noise ordinance", Ordinance number 97-01-13, is most often enforced by our Police Department. It does define a 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. time period when noise can be in violation of the Ordinance if conducted within 500 feet of a residence or quiet zone. Although this restriction might not specifically address the RoughRider's games due to the fact that no residences are within 500 feet, your question could still remain open to interpretation and possibly be addressed in other areas of the Ordinance. Captain John Bruce of the Frisco Police Department suggested you contact him for more detailed answers if you so desire. He is also open to receiving Citizen complaints regarding the noise. He can be reached at 972-335-5525 or by e-mail at JBruce@ci.frisco.tx.us. Captain Bruce also can provide copies of the Ordinance for your review.

The Fire Department's goal in issuing the fireworks permits will continue to be focused on the fire safety aspect of the display. We have informed RoughRiders Officials of the concern about noise and will work with them to diminish the noise. If more needs to be done the Police Department should become involved to further research the matter to insure compliance with City Ordinances.

Thank you,
Mack Borchardt
Frisco Fire Chief
972-335-5525

 

Dan Ferguson
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Username: Itzaferg

Post Number: 3
Registered: 04-2003
Posted on Friday, September 05, 2003 - 02:05 pm:   

I have been following the noise ordinance discussion over the last few days. Which promted me to post a few questions about noise.

We just moved into Cheyenne Crossing area several months ago and are very suprised about the noise created by the train traffic.

We've noticed that there is no consistent traffic. One day we may see one, then the next day we will hear them at 2AM, 4AM, 5AM all while we are trying to sleep.

The noise is very loud and we were under the assumption from our builder that the trains only come by in the day and maybe 2-3 times a day at that! This is hardly the case.

Does the city have a noise ordinance that may cover disturbances like these? The trains can be as loud as fireworks and can last for several minutes. This is very disturbing, especially when residents are trying to sleep.

 

Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police
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Username: Todd

Post Number: 178
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Sunday, September 07, 2003 - 01:04 pm:   

Mr. Ferguson,

We have met with the railroad personnel in the past and asked that they take measures that are possible to reduce the noise. They are required by law to sound the horns at intersections and their delivery schedule necessitates the timing of the passes. The cities noise ordinance would not apply to a train as they are covered by federal law, which local ordinance cannot supercede.

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