Moraga takes more time on noise rules
Moraga put off a decision this week to adopt an addition to its noise ordinance.
The town was considering amending the ordinance to ward off lawsuits like the one a resident filed recently contending that the summer concert series is too loud.
But instead, the Town Council asked staff to make sure there are no California Environmental Quality Act issues to address before it approves the amendment.
The town was considering adding language to the ordinance that would allow the sounds from community events to exceed 60 decibels at any time. That would help protect the town from future lawsuits.
Resident Joyceanne Beachem filed suit against the town and the Moraga Park & Recreation Foundation that runs the concerts, saying the noise was cutting into her quality of life. She dropped the suit in December, saying she hoped the groups would resolve the problems on their own.
Beachem objected to the proposed ordinance, because it exempted the concerts from noise rules.