I’ve stopped caring about noise in downtown Charlottetown. But what the hell is this (from here) about:
The city plans to buy a noise meter to make sure everyone is staying under the acceptable noise levels. However, it may take up to a year to make the purchase.
Emphasis is mine. A year?!
I remember some years back a press release in the Guardian that the police force had purchased a decibel meter. Wonder what happened to it.
US $40 at Radio Shack. Maybe we can take up a collection and buy them one!
The meter precisely measures area noise and other sound levels. You can then use an equalizer to fine-tune your stereo or home theater system’s audio response to match the acoustic environment. The meter’s wide-range sound capture reads from 50 to 126dB SPL in seven ranges with slow or fast response for checking peak and average levels.
that should read “two point”
(Derek, you might want to check out “tinyurl.com”)
Exactly what I was thinking while transiting this morning; go to R.S., ask for a sound meter, and done! I’m old-school, I thought it would cost $100 and take 10-15 minutes!
It brings up a burning to point, but low-level, continuing irritation:
a) people who haven’t a clue of what they speak want to make an issue sound as bewildering as they feel it, or
b) people who don’t wish to actually do something assume the public are complete idiots and want to make stuff sound difficult and complex.
In either case they either intend to do nothing or justify paying large sums of our tax money on a “well known and respected consultant” (read: friend) to ‘address the issue’ … bla bla
Maybe the city could borrow one in the meantime?? “Montague The Beautiful” has one and only uses it to monitor loud motor vehicles… it’s also programmed to ignore loud whines.
More from CBC:
Councillor Garrity thinks that you should be able to use the Montague definition of “loud” equally well in C-Town.
Peter, we missed you at the meeting the other night!
The funniest part was the CBC News item on the meeting the next day. They interviewed Carole Kennedy who stated very emphatically that she had to move because of the noise. She moved from the Hensley Street Coop to the Gateway Coop which is even closer to the Peake’s Quay Noise. She even chose to move on June 30th, just in time for the Festival of Lights noise event. The “noise” Carole is moving from is the volume generated by her neighbour hollering at her kids, not the street noise. I guess the CBC newsteam will listen to anybody who wants to talk to them … good investigative reporting, not that should have investigated this one anyway!