Tisdale RCMP respond to noise bylaw complaints

TISDALE — The Tisdale RCMP responded to two noise bylaw complaints in a two-week period.

The first was from a party, the second from a bonfire. Both occurred at night.

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Cpl. Mike Benjamin, with the Tisdale detachment, said it’s fine to have fires and play music, but people have to be aware of the time.

“It’s summertime people are out and about, having fires and playing music, they just have to be aware,” Benjamin said.

He said it isn’t an uncommon call for the RCMP to get during the summertime.

“They want to socialize, they want to meet with their friends, they want to have fires, they want to enjoy the summer – rightfully so. They just have to be aware once you get into nighttime, especially after 11, you have to be aware of the noise that you’re creating and you have to be cognizant of your neighbours.”

According to the Town of Tisdale noise bylaw, no person shall operate, or permit or suffer to be operated, any radio, stereo, tape recorder, television set, musical instrument, or any apparatus, appliance, device or machine used for the reproduction or amplification of sound, at a volume that interferes with the peace or enjoyment of other persons.

The ticket is $200 for the first offence and $300 for every subsequent offence within a 24 hour period. It is $500 in the case of any subsequent offence within three months of any previous offence.

“It’s based on every individual case. We could give warnings, the occupants of the residents also can be charged under the noise bylaw,” Benjamin said.  “Every case is individual… You treat everyone individually, it’s just based on our decision on what to do.”

Benjamin said just because it’s a person’s first offence doesn’t mean they will get a warning.

“The full-blown party was issued a ticket, the bonfire had kind of dispersed by the time we got to the second one, so they were issued a warning.”

From the two-week period of Aug. 8 to Aug. 21 there were 75 calls for service. This was including four complaints of fraud, two complaints of assaults, one missing person who was located, one impaired driver, three collisions and the two noise complaints.

“The frauds still come in; people need to be vigilant of those.”

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