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Q. For the third time we are having fireworks in the the tall timbers area making it sound like a war zone. Some sort of response about this would be greatly appreciated or does J?PD just not care ?
Dear Juneau Resident,
You wrote in several times about the noise and its understandable that you are frustrated. This service is not monitered in real time and usually not checked on weekends. You should always call dispatch, 586-0600, for complaints about situations happening at the time.
I will include the current city ordinance at the end of this answer. There is a re-write underway but it is not finished yet. It was a wild week and weekend in Juneau, lots of fights, domestic violence, and DWIs. It was actually busy as long as the weather was sunny. Today, Monday, five cases from Friday to Sunday are being referred from JPD to the Office of Children's services because of adults, usually drinking, jeopardizing the safety of their children. Usually we send over one or two on a Monday, five is probably a record.
When noise complaints come in they are rated as to danger to people and property and go on a list. Assaults against people come first, then risk to property, and then calls where people are justifiably annoyed by something like fireworks, revving engines, barking dogs...
If you feel like you aren't getting a police response and you don't believe officers are busy on priority calls, call 586-0600 and ask to speak to the shift supervisor. If officers really are busy the supervisor is as well so the call back may not be immediate.
Here is the Disturbing the Peace ordinance:
42.20.095 Disturbing the peace.
It is unlawful for any person willfully to make or continue to make, or cause to be made or continued, any loud, unnecessary, or unusual noise which disturbs the peace or quiet of any neighborhood or which causes discomfort or annoyance to any reasonable person of normal sensitivity residing in the area. The standards which shall be considered in determining whether a violation of the provisions of this section exists shall include the following:
The volume of noise;
The intensity of the noise;
Whether the nature of the noise is usual or unusual;
Whether the origin of the noise is natural or unnatural;
The volume and intensity of the background noise, if any;
The proximity of the noise to residential sleeping facilities;
The nature and zoning of the area within which the noise emanates;
The density of the inhabitation of the area within which the noise emanates;
The time of the day or night the noise occurs;
The duration of the noise;
Whether the noise is recurrent, intermittent or constant;
Whether the noise is produced by a commercial or noncommercial activity;
Whether the noise contains pure tones.
Liability. In a prosecution under this section, it shall be a rebuttable presumption that the owner, tenant, or person in charge of real property from which noise emanates in violation of this section has caused or allowed to be caused the noise which violates this section.
Construction of buildings and projects. It is unlawful to operate any pile driver, power shovel, pneumatic hammer, derrick, power hoist, or similar heavy construction equipment, before 7:00 a.m. or after 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or before 9:00 a.m. or after 10:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, unless a permit shall first be obtained from the City and Borough building official. Such permit shall be issued by the building official only upon a determination that such operation during hours not otherwise permitted under this section is necessary and will not result in unreasonable disturbance to surrounding residents.
Noise emanating from vehicles.
Policy. It is unlawful for any person to play, continue to play, or allow to be played, any sound system from, within, or on any motor vehicle so that any sound, music, or vibration emanating therefrom can be heard at a distance of more than 30 feet between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m., unless the vehicle is a sound truck operating pursuant to a permit issued under section 72.10.150
Liability. In a prosecution under this section, it shall be rebuttable presumption that the registered owner of a vehicle from which emanates noise in violation of this section has played or allowed to be played the sound system causing the noise.
Defenses. It is an affirmative defense to a charge under subsection (a) of this section that the noise is a normal result of a kennel authorized in an industrial zone under title 49 of this Code.
Disturbing the peace is an infraction.
State law referenceó Disorderly conduct, AS 11.61.110.