4:45 PM EST, January 4, 2013
County Executive Ken Ulman's support for Merriweather Post Pavilion's proposed legislation HoCo 9-13 contradicts his "make good government even better" commitment and all his core priorities:
Public safety and education: Noise causes carbohydrate craving. Piling sand on county parking lots does not change this fact. Even if he allowed police to enforce the current county noise standards, citizens are not adequately protected.
Finding efficiencies within government: MPP's proposed bill opposes Maryland's HB-190 effective October 2012 which revises the framework for enforcing noise standards for more efficient and cost-effective responses to citizen noise complaints.
Exercising sound fiscal management: MPP's proposed legislation prohibits the county from collecting fines up to $10,000 for noise violations. Fines last season would have recouped much of our police overtime budget deficit of $500K.
Protecting our environment: MPP's harmful noise interrupts treatments and classes at Four Gates Wellness Center, psychotherapy, psychiatry, insurance offices and the innovative political image-making firm in our building — only one of many downtown workplaces.
Creating a healthier and more vibrant community: Vibration is not vibrancy. Generating hearing loss, interrupting sleep and preventing rest and renewal, noise raises men's heart attack risk by 50 percent; women's, by 300 percent.
Laura A. Mueller, M.Ac., L.Ac.
Acupuncture & Zero Balancing, Columbia
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