ESTO — Esto Town Council members reviewed the town’s noise ordinance during their regular meeting on Jan. 7 and seeing that there wasn’t a set “quiet time,” they agreed to make one.
The council charged attorney Jeff Goodman to rewrite the town’s noise ordinance and bring it back to the council for approval.
The noise ordinance, which went into effect in 1984, went under review as Council Chairman Danny Powell said there were complaints about “loud noises all hours of the night.”
“We’ve got a lot of businesses that make a lot of noise, for example the junk yard next to my business and there are a lot of complaints,” said Powell. “It can’t be helped because it is a business and there’s going to be noise. I think we just need to set some times on this ordinance because there are no times at the moment.”
Powell explained that the ordinance wasn’t just aimed at businesses but residents as well.
Council Member Teresa Harrison said there were those on her street who continually use fireworks long into the evening.
After much discussion, the council agreed on the hours of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for quiet hours for the Town of Esto. Goodman agreed to rewrite the ordinance and present it before the council at their next meeting.
Returning council members Teresa Harrison, Jeff Carnley and Danny Powell were sworn in and the council approved of Powell remaining as chairman and Darlene Madden remaining as vice chairman.
The council also approved of reinstating Tom Murphy as fire chief for another year.
Powell said there was an issue with people turning on their water without paying a deposit and turning on their water without paying their bill or a reconnect fee.
“Anybody, anywhere here must pay a deposit for the water to be turned on or they do not get any water — period,” said Powell.
Goodman advised that what they are doing is illegal and should be dealt with accordingly.
“That’s what they call a crime,” said Goodman. “The next time that happens you need to call the Sheriff.”
The council approved of replacing the battery back up for the town clerk’s computer and agreed to look into estimates for buying a new computer.
The council also agreed to look into a mice issue at the Recreational Center and to inspect the center before every rental.
The next meeting of the Esto Town Council is set for 7 p.m. on Feb. 4.