NBC10.com - Doug Shimell
Excessive noise on the streets near West Chester University provoked neighborhood officials to propose having quiet zones. Violators could face a minimum $250 fine, and while many residents support the plan, college students express their concern. NBC10's Doug Shimell reports.
The borough of West Chester is voting tonight on a proposal to post more than 200 "quiet zone" signs in problem areas of the community, especially near West Chester University and that vote, Borough Manager Ernie McNealy says is expected to pass.
The formal voting will take place at 7 p.m. at the West Chester Borough on East Gay Street.
The proposed signs will promote peace and quiet between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.
People who violate the quiet zone will be fined $250.
"There are definitely times in the middle of the night that there's somebody yelling in the street about something that I'm sure is not worth yelling about," says Ari Tuckman, resident.
NBC10's Doug Shimell spoke with McNealy who says last year they wrote 288 noise violations and 193 citations for disorderly conduct.
West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta hopes the signs will serve as a reminder, before citations are handed out.
"We forget and our voices carry, so we're hoping that the signs will be a reminder and the fines will be a deterrent," said Comitta.
These proposed quiet signs are stirring up concerns for West Chester students, but some agree that noise levels are a problem in the neighborhood.
"I think it is a pretty big problem. As far as me and my house? We have two noise violations just this year," said Max Liddell, student.
"It might keep it down a little bit, though. I think that people still care about some of the families that live here," said Dana Gluck, student.