Task Force Looks into Noise Complaints in Columbia
Columbia is a college town and on Friday night, there was disagreement over what is loud. Like it or not, college students are often blamed for loud parties. So loud the city has formed a task force to tone things down.
Zac Cohen and his roommates love living on East Campus and say the loud music and parties are why most students move here.
"I've never heard of one person complain about the noise. This is East Campus, it's a students area and everyone knows that," said Cohen.
Under the proposed ordinance any gathering of more than ten people would be classified as a "nuisance party." A first offense would generate fines from $75-$1,000. A second offense would lead to a fine between $150 and $2,000.
Cohen says that fines wouldn't work.
"I'm sure it wouldn't stop us because we'd split it up, we're gonna pay for it. It's not gonna stop college kids from living how they want to live" said Larkellen Krehbiel who lives in East Campus.
Despite complaints, another east campus resident says the noise problem has gotten better. "The past two years we've had fabulous neighbors it's been quiet, it's no noisier than any other street."
If the task force approves the proposal it wouldn't go into action without city council approval.
Task force member Stephen Reichlin, says the noise ordinance would improve the quality of life for all Columbia residents.