CrossFit owner, neighbor sparring over noise

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Posted: Feb 19, 2014 10:29 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Feb 19, 2014 10:29 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Crossfit, complaint, noise, decibel, music, neighbor, Zachary, ordinance

ZACHARY - Complaints have been filed against CrossFit Zachary for excessive noise. The complaints are so frequent, the city of Zachary is talking about purchasing a decibel reader to test the sound levels.

CrossFit Zachary has classes from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The workouts are intense.

"You're encouraged to engage in conversation, or actually workout together," said CrossFit Zachary Owner Fabian Herrera.

CrossFit Zachary is a commercially zoned business, less than 20 feet from a house.

"I can hear the base from the building next door, inside of my home," said homeowner Terrie Raffety.

Raffety has lived in her home for 13 years and says for the past year and a half, she's been awoken by loud music and weights dropping. At times, knocking artwork off her walls and scaring her son.

"I want him to turn it down," said Raffety.

Police have been called to CrossFit Zachary more than a dozen times, at different times of the day. Less than half the time, an officer writes a report.

Zachary's city ordinance says it's unlawful for any person to make, continue or cause any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise which annoys or disturbs someone. Herrera says the ordinance needs to be more specific.

"We're being cited for unnecessary noise, but there's no way of determining if it's unnecessary," he said.

Chief David McDavid tells WBRZ News 2, he's submitted paperwork to purchase a decibel meter to the mayor. The council and mayor are looking at setting a specific noise level, to add to the existing ordinance.

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