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Band, sports exempted from Sherman noise ordinance

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The Sherman High School band plays at a community event. (File/KTEN) The Sherman High School band plays at a community event. (File/KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- What is "noise"?

That term now has a new definition in Sherman.

Following a recent complaint about music on Sherman High School's football practice facility, the City Council checked the books. The previous ordinance, written in 1991, vaguely stated that this type of "noise" wasn't allowed.

So on Monday evening, the Council enacted revisions to permit noise resulting from "lawfully scheduled" sporting events, band practices, concerts, parades, and fireworks displays.

"[The ordinance] worked 30 years ago, but as things have changed -- and they only continue to change," Deputy mayor Shawn Teamann said. "You have more population density growing around some of these areas."

"What we try to do here with our ordinances is to just be very clear and concise about what we expect from people, and what people can expect from other people," Sherman city spokesman Nate Strauch added.

The ordinance also addresses designated times for construction during the week and on weekends.

The revised noise ordinance, No. 6216, takes immediate effect.

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