Brownsdale siren leaves resident's ears ringing - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Brownsdale siren leaves resident's ears ringing

BROWNSDALE, Minn. (KTTC) -- 7 a.m., noon, 6 p.m., and again at 9:30 pm. Four daily whistles ring out from a siren from high above Gerbig Park in Brownsdale, seven days a week.

The jarring sound has left some area residents with their ears ringing, including Carol Smith.

Smith lives directly across the street and worries about the damaging effects the sound could cause to the hearing of children who play at the park, as well as seniors who have hearing aids.

Smith has complained to city officials about the siren in the past, who told her it is tradition.

"If I was enduring it for the sake of public safety, I would say okay," said Smith. "But I am enduring it just because of tradition?"

Smith downloaded an application that measures sound levels on her tablet and said at its loudest, the siren came in at 94.9 decibels.

We checked in with representatives at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which establishes the rules and regulations in regards to potential noise pollution across the state.

In residential areas during the daytime hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., there can be no more than six minutes of noise over 60 decibels in an hour.

In commercial areas, there can be no more than six minutes of noise over 65 decibels in an hour.

To put that in perspective, 65 decibels equates to the sound of normal conversation from about three feet away.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2001 - 2014 WorldNow and KTTC, a Quincy station.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Neyens at (507) 280-5104. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at