Greensboro, NC -- If a proposed noise ordinance passes in Greensboro, even the sound of an alarm clock would likely be in violation.
Greensboro's current noise ordinance says noise cannot be measured above 65 decibels from 10pm until 7am.
The city is considering lowering that to 45 decibels after 11pm. The measurements would be taken just steps away from the front door of a business.
To put that into perspective, News 2 did an experiment with a decibel meter app for iPhone.
Just typing on a keyboard was about 60 dB.
The hum of a soda machine was about 70 dB.
The noise from fire trucks, just driving without sirens, was about 85 dB.
So how about music at a bar?
Philip Watkins, who's known as the "sound guy" at the Blind Tiger cranked up the tunes for us.
While the decibel meter was pushing 100 dB inside, it still measured at about 80 dB outside.
But the noise complaints filed with the Greensboro Police Department have not just been in the downtown area, and not just at businesses.
City Council Members told News 2, even if a 45 dB limit isn't the answer they've got to do something because complaints are wasting taxpayer money.
"We've got over 5,000 calls. That means our officers are going 5,000 calls about noise. We need our officers focused on other things beside noise," said Councilman Zack Matheny.
"Forty-five is not achievable. So, we have to find out where we need to be," said Councilwoman Nancy Hoffmann.
City Council will consider the noise ordinance at its meeting on March 6.
Hoffmann said the council has not decided yet as to whether the ballpark or the Amphitheatre at the Greensboro Coliseum would be included in the ordinance.
WFMY News 2