GEARHART - Gearhart may eventually be a quieter place to live and work in - but not until October.

The Gearhart City Council tabled an ordinance regulating unnecessary noise after a discussion about the sounds made by maintenance keepers at the Gearhart Golf Resort before 7 a.m. several days a week.

As council members debated how the maintenance schedule might be revised at the golf course, City Councilor Chuck Mattocks said it would be "insensitive not to talk to the golf course" officials about how they could adjust their schedule.

City Administrator Dennis McNally said he would try to reach an agreement with them. He said he has received complaints from residents in nearby condominiums who are awakened by the sound of lawn mowers.

Taken from the League of Oregon Cities, the proposed ordinance would prohibit "unreasonable" noises in buildings or public streets and parks.

Blowers and internal combustion engines would be prohibited between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. if the ordinance is approved by the council at its October meeting.

Vehicle horns and signaling devices, amplified bells, whistles, sirens and alarms (other than in emergencies) also would be banned.

Radios, televisions, stereos, boomboxes and musical instruments wouldn't be allowed if they are audible 50 feet from any person in a commercial or industrial area or a public place. They also could not "disturb the peace" in residential areas.

The use of loudspeakers and public address systems and similar devices would be prohibited between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays and 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. on weekends and holidays in neighborhoods and most public places.

In addition, yelling, whistling, or singing that "unreasonably disturbs the quiet, comfort or repose of reasonable persons of ordinary sensitivities" would be banned between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. The ordinance also includes animals and birds supervised by a person; loading and unloading merchandise, materials and equipment; building construction and repair; and street and highway excavation.

The council also learned that the Oregon Department of Transportation will recommend reducing the speed limit on a half-mile stretch of the Oregon Coast Highway from Pacific Way to Hillila Drive. The current 45 mph speed will be reduced to 40 mph.

In other business, the council also:

? Agreed to pay $1,500 to join the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce. The fee will give the city 20 hours of consultation on coastal planning, habitat restoration and wetland research.

? Heard a presentation by three Broadway Middle School students who told the council they are starting an environmental group called "Earth's Little Helpers." The group, which will encourage recycling and litter collection, hopes to have a community event to help others improve the environment.

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