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School and neighborhood compromising on stadium complaints

3 years 2 months 1 week ago September 27, 2013 Sep 27, 2013 Friday, September 27 2013 September 27, 2013 9:14 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ryan Naquin

BATON ROUGE - Five Fridays a year, it can get loud and crowded at Dunham High School's football stadium and some say it's causing a nuisance.

The field is surrounded by homes on three sides, and the bleachers are less than 20 feet away from property lines. 

Neighbors from Quail Ridge and Natchez Trace recently met with Dunham School President Bobby Welch to address parking, landscaping and noise concerns.

"We don't want to be bad neighbors and they don't want to be bad neighbors to us," Natchez Trace resident Cheryl Payne said. "It was about communicating and making sure everybody's on the same wavelength."

Payne doesn't want the games gone. She's concerned about the press box that was built without proper permitting.

The school has dealt with parking and landscaping concerns with barricades and more police presence. That's left just the issue of noise.

News 2 brought a decibel meter to the neighborhood during the game. It topped off a little above 87, equal to a 757 taking off.

"If you've ever lived next to a football field as I have, you know that that's part of what goes on and you learn to plan around that if you can," Welch said.
    
The school plans to plant trees around the stadium and research fencing to reduce the noise as much as possible, but they are not asking the fans to quiet down.

East Baton Rouge noise ordinances say no mechanical loud speaker or sound amplifier may be operated within 150 feet of a residence after sunset.
    
Multiple homes are less than 50 feet away from the stadium.

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