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Morrison repeals more stringent noise ordinance

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By Deborah Swearingen

For several months, the Morrison Police Department has actively enforced the town’s noise ordinance. So far, it’s working.

So much so that Chief George Mumma on June 5 asked the board to repeal a more stringent noise ordinance that was enacted in March and set to go into effect last Sunday if enforcement of its current ordinance proved unsuccessful.

The board listened and unanimously repealed the ordinance with the understanding that noise enforcement will continue.

“At this time, I believe we’ve impacted the bulk of the noise issues in the downtown area through the collaborative approach with our merchants and residents as well as the visitors to the historic community, including the motorcycle and hot rod enthusiasts,” Mumma said.

“I believe that the police department’s efforts have fostered a quieter downtown while still encouraging the motorcycle enthusiasts and the hot rod trucks to continue patronizing our businesses,” he later added, reminding the board that it can be difficult to control traffic when four state highways converge in the middle of Morrison.

In addition to a new fine schedule, which charges $200 for a first offense, and $400 and a mandatory court date for a second offense, Mumma and his officers have been placing information about the noise ordinance on motorcycles

parked in town.

Furthermore, there are new red-and-white signs warning of the noise ordinance as well as two digital signs — costing the department $3,000 a month — reminding motorcycles to idle through town. All of this can continue with the town’s current ordinance.

While some board members wondered if they could leave the more severe ordinance in place, Mumma cautioned against it.

CIRSA claim to reimburse funds

The Town of Morrison approved a claim filed with CIRSA, or the Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency, which reimburses the town for most of the money embezzled by former Morrison police officer Anthony Joiner.

Joiner, who was sentenced in February to 42 months in prison, stole more than $132,000 from the town through a private fund he created called the “5280 Police Motors Memorial Fund.”

Through its employee theft protection coverage, Morrison will receive a little more than $113,000.

“That’s as good as we’re ever going to get, so let’s take that without delay,” Mayor Sean Forey said.

The decision to accept the money passed unanimously.

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Follow her on Twitter @djswearingen.