City councillors have agreed to take a look at the municipal noise bylaw.
Councillors voted in favour of the review at a committee meeting after the issue was raised by Coun. Joshua Wall.
“This is about providing some sort of help to those who have expired all other options,” Wall said.
“We have people who need to sleep during the day and may have a neighbour who is intentionally causing a disturbance.”
At present, the city’s bylaw covers loud noise created by electronic devices, such as radios or sound equipment, between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. It also covers, among many other situations, yelling, shouting, hooting, loud whistling or singing.
In his resolution, Wall said complaints have been received regarding intentional loud noise, including music and the sound of motor vehicles.
In at least one case, city staff believe the behaviour to be intentional.
The noise bylaw review will include public consultation.
Staff have been asked to return to council will options by early 2020.
Mayor urges working group on encampments
Mayor Kevin Davis wants to establish a working group to deal with encampments in the city.
Davis, at a recent council committee meeting, served notice he wants an inter-departmental staff working group that can collect evidence of encampments on city-owned land to identify, document and address the causes and establish or reinforce standards for acceptable use of municipal properties.
The working group also would be tasked with setting ways to enforce standards by reviewing existing policies and suggesting any necessary changes.
The resolution will be discussed at a future city council committee meeting..
The city already has taken several measures to address homelessness in the city, including the formation of a downtown outreach team and establishment of a new emergency shelter system that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week
The city is holding a homelessness summit on Sept. 23 at the Brantford Convention Centre, 100 Market St. S. The summit includes day time and evening sessions featuring guest speakers
Encampments have become a challenging issue for city officials as the number of tent communities has increased. While most encampments have been set up along the Grand River, others have been set up in more visible public places, including Alexandra Park.