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Sanford church fined for breaking noise ordinance

Posted February 8, 2011

— A Sanford church has been cited for violating the city’s noise ordinance.

The weekly band practices at the Brick City Community Church, 1408 Burns Drive, have drawn criticism from one neighbor who has repeatedly called the police.

“Sometimes, a police officer will come by, frustrated that he has to come by here,” Pastor Bill Maye said Tuesday.

Last Tuesday, police fined the church $200 for violating the city’s noise ordinance.

“We want to live at peace with everyone, but at the same time, we have a right to do what we’re doing,” Maye said. “It’s given to us by the Constitution.”

The resident who lodged a formal complaint about the music told WRAL News that he's encouraged by the church's ability to bring young people to church on Sunday. He said he wants something done about Tuesday night band practices.

The neighbor, who would not provide his name, is a drummer who practices at his home. He said he can feel the church's music in different parts of his home and hopes both sides can find a resolution. 

Maye said he doesn't have an issue with the neighbor but is upset with Sanford's noise ordinance, which states that any sound audible beyond 30 feet from an instrument is a violation.

“There’s a church down the street that has bells and those bells go off during the day,” Maye said. “You can hear them from here, which is about a half-a-mile away.”

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Maye hopes the issue will bring about change in the way the ordinance is written, and in how the church is received by the community.

“We would love for our neighbors to be apart of what we’re doing here. Our church is about helping people find Christ, find hope,” he said. “We don’t want to discourage anyone from coming.”


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  • ncgrits1 Feb 11, 2011

    “...we have a right to do what we’re doing,” Maye said. “It’s given to us by the Constitution.”

    Sorry, Charlie -- our rights are only enumerated by the Constitution. Why don't you read it to see who gave them to us?

  • FromClayton Feb 10, 2011

    well this just doesnt make sense. the one guy can play drums but the church cant?

  • tritonlm6 Feb 10, 2011

    Slow news day? What next?

  • shortcake53 Feb 10, 2011

    The complainer is a drummer, if i read the story right. Does he not think anyone can here HIM practice? You would think he would enjoy hearing others play too, very strange.

  • fayncmike Feb 9, 2011

    Let's, just for moment forget we're talking about a church if that's possible here in NC.

    There are people making noise that is against the law and annoying others. Why should I need to say more? Well as a matter of fact I will say more. Years ago I was a bass player in a heavy metal rock band. We rehearsed in my house and played low enough that we were barely heard in the front yard. If we could do it then they can do it as well. There is no reason on the world to annoy those around you by rehearsing at full power unless you're a bunch of inconsiderate people.

    Now I think I've said all I want to say on the subject.

  • peplquitwhinin Feb 9, 2011

    I tried to start reading all of these comments, but the ignorance and arrogance makes the process painful. First I am a Christian, born again, believing and trusting in The God. Lets get that clear before I start.

    The church is not above the law. No religion is above the law. No individual is above the law. A property owner is provided by law the right to quite enjoyment of his property. The law is what it is, and if it is being violated then the property owner is within his rights to report it. For a church to point to another church to blame or compare is not very Christian like. Accept responsibility for your actions. Petition to change the law, or abide by it. There is a right way and a wrong way to do things. Has nothing to do with religion, type of music, beliefs of parties, or anything else. Religion does not afford any citizen more rights than another. Police are bound to act on complaints. They do not have the right to selectively enforce laws.

  • oldrebel Feb 9, 2011

    re:"This is why I don't like most Christians." & "And before you blast me or call me atheist, I am a Christian."

    Calling yourself a Christian doesn't "make" you a Christian. Anyone can mouth the words. People do it everyday. The words mean nothing. The Life you lead means everything.

    As for the comment about not judging...that is exactly what Satan loves to hear. If you don't judge he can have his way in people lives and there will be no one there to help correct them and show them the error of their ways.

    "1Cr 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?"

  • rayman Feb 9, 2011

    Most contemporary "christian" music is not "christian" music. If you went to Bob Jones University e.g.this type of music would be disallowed.

  • melt-your-face-off Feb 9, 2011

    There are two issues here: 1) a complaining neighbor, 2) a silly noise ordinance that says any audible sound 30 feet from the source is a violation. I can hear my dog pass gas from 30 feet away if really I listen for it. The Sanford noise ordinance needs to be changed for sure. As far as the neighbor is concerned, I'm sure that the church will do what is right by the neighbor. They are there taking time out of their busy lives to practice and serve the Lord...not to have a raging party and tick people off. Part of serving the Lord is serving others, and I'm sure they will make the necessary changes to make peace with him.

  • jdupree Feb 9, 2011

    Privacy rights in his own home should overide anyones need to play a stereo loud, rehearse any type music or emit any offensive odor. The church can install sound proofing or cut the volumn down. No one should be able to interfere with the right of any citizen to enjoy his own property, especially the interior of his home. This is no different than someone putting a hog lagoon or sewage treatment plant next door to your home, or a rock quarry with it's blasting.