Church noise fights head to Raleigh City Council committee

A committee is trying to resolve a dispute between the Glorious Church and its next door neighbor.
October 22, 2013 3:15:19 PM PDT
Years of complaints over noise from a Raleigh church were discussed Tuesday at City Hall.

The Raleigh City Council's Law and Public Safety Committee is trying to resolve a dispute between the Glorious Church and its next door neighbor.

Some neighbors say they too complained at one time about the noise, but that the church has addressed their concerns.

So it now appears that the biggest complaint about the church comes from the man who lives right next door on Glascock Street just northeast of downtown Raleigh.

Tuesday, that upset neighbor, John Seitz, listened as committee members discussed the dispute.

ABC11 couldn't find any other neighbors who still have a complaint with the church. Some told us they had concerns in the past but that the church has addressed them.

Many say they can still hear music coming from the church on occasion, but that the noise has been toned down and is no longer at late hours.

However, a Raleigh police captain testified that noise levels even in the daytime have exceeded legal limits.

Seitz told committee members that, despite the perception, he is not alone in his complaints, and that the police departments investigation confirms that.

"I just wanted to reiterate and remind the committee that what brought us here is the fact that they did have a citation -- two or more neighbors complaining. That's why they appealed this to the city council, and after that there was another citation," said Seitz.

No one representing the church was at the meeting.

In the end, committee members decided to pay a mediator to try to work things out. That frustrated Seitz who said that's basically been tried.

Seitz also dropped a bombshell at the meeting saying he has gotten married and is planning to sell his house, but he's worried about what will happen when prospective buyers show up on Sunday.

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