Noisy Rosenberg neighborhoods were reported back in 2002 with that City Council addressing the problem. I reported the same topic before a City Council in 2019. Nothing has changed in 2021 except population growth bringing more noise. Recently I had a curious exchange with a city official about neighborhood noise forcing residents to be unwanted listeners within our homes. My concerns were met with polite attentiveness.

Disturbing noises include barking dogs, crowing roosters, loud/ disruptive neighbors and slow moving” boom” cars . We are subjected to those noises because Rosenberg depends on sound meters to determine accuracy. The city’s sound ceilings are 65 decibles (day) and 58 decibles (night). Fair enough, but sound rarely stays at any level because of pitch and volume. That means those dogs, roosters, loaded boom cars, and loud neighbors will stay with us because their levels vary. Plan A is sound meters. There is no Plan B.

Neighborhood decay and crime take root when city problems are met with indifference, and neighborhood sound nuisances are growing problems where residents live in close proximity. Perhaps one city official will take disruptive noise seriously. One can only hope since state law and local ordinances both address noise violations. There is no law authorizing unwanted noise within residential homes.

Maxine Winter


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