Village of Fredonia, WI
Ozaukee County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Fredonia as Sec. 11-2-7 of the 1995 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Blasting — See Ch. 187.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 550.
Zoning — See Ch. 575.
It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue or cause to be made or continued any loud and unnecessary noise.
The following acts are declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this section, but this enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive:
A. 
Horns, signaling devices. The sounding of any horn or signaling device on any automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle on any street or public place in the Village for longer than three seconds in any period of one minute or less, except as a danger warning; the creation of any unreasonable loud or harsh sound by means of any signaling device and the sounding of any plainly audible device for an unnecessary and unreasonable period of time; the use of any signaling device except one operated by hand or electricity; the use of any horn, whistle or other device operated by engine exhaust and the use of any signaling device when traffic is for any reason held up.
B. 
Radios, phonographs, similar devices. The using, operating or permitting to be played, used or operated any radio receiving set; musical instrument, phonograph or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound in a loud and unnecessary manner. The operating of any set, instrument, phonograph machine or device between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in a manner as to be plainly audible at the property line of the building, structure or vehicle in which it is located shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this section.
C. 
Loudspeakers, amplifiers for advertising. The using, operating or permitting to be played, used or operated of any radio receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph loudspeaker, sound amplifier or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound which is cast upon the public streets for the purpose of commercial advertising or attracting attention of the public to any building or structure. Announcements over loudspeakers can only be made by the announcer in person and without the aid of any mechanical device.
D. 
Animals, birds. The keeping of any animal or bird which causes frequent or long continued unnecessary noise.
E. 
Steam whistles. The blowing of any steam whistle attached to any stationary boiler except to give notice of the time to begin or stop work or as a warning of fire or danger upon request of proper Village authorities.
F. 
Exhausts. The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of any steam engine, stationary internal combustion engine or motor boat except through a muffle or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises therefrom.
G. 
Construction or repair of buildings. The erection (including excavation), demolition, alteration or repair of any building, as well as the operation of any pile driver, steam shovel, pneumatic hammer, derrick, steam or electric hoist, or any other similar equipment attended by loud or unusual noise, other than between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays; provided, however, the Village Marshal shall have the authority, upon determining that the loss of inconvenience which would result to any party in interest would be extraordinary and of such nature as to warrant special consideration, to grant a permit for a period necessary within which time such work and operation may take place within the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
[Amended 8-16-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-05]
(1) 
Schools, courts, churches, hospitals. The creation of any excessive noise on any street adjacent to any school, institution of learning, church or court while in use, or adjacent to any hospital, which unreasonably interferes with the normal operation of that institution, or which disturbs or unduly annoys patients in the hospital provided that conspicuous signs are displayed in those streets indicating a school, hospital, church or court street.
(2) 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to:
(a) 
Any vehicle of the Village while engaged in necessary public business.
(b) 
Excavations or repairs of streets or other public construction by or on behalf of the Village, county, or state at night when public welfare and convenience renders it impossible to perform such work during the day.
(c) 
The reasonable use of amplifiers or loudspeakers in the course of public addresses which are noncommercial in nature.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original subsection (8), Permits for amplifying devices, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
Violations of this chapter are punishable as set forth in § 1-4, General penalty, of the Code, with forfeitures in accordance with the Village's Schedule of Forfeitures.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Schedule of Forfeitures is on file the Village office.