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February 1, 2013

Barking man asks county to address noise issue

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No county ordinance

The city of Athens has a noise ordinance passed in 1999, when Williams was mayor. But the ordinance does not extend to county residents because of the lack of home rule outside the city limits.

The Alabama Legislature must pass legislation to give counties the authority to enact laws because the state constitution does not grant counties the same authority to adopt laws as it does for cities.

“This goes back to home rule in Alabama, and a county being able to enact laws,” said Holtzclaw in response to Nagel’s question during the forum. “If the County Commission sent me a resolution that represents the people at this level asking that they be given the authority to implement some sort of noise ordinance, I would certainly consider it.”

Holtzclaw said an example of limited home rule is a law passed a few years ago in Madison County that addressed a problem with vicious dogs in the county.

Home rule shifts much of the responsibility for local government from the state Legislature to local governing bodies, according to uslegal.com.

 

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