A new report on noise levels from music clubs and other venues in New Orleans is critical of efforts to enforce the current sound ordinance.
Enforcement responsibility was moved from the city's health department to the police department for financial reasons in 1986.
David Woolworth, principal consultant for Oxford Acoustics of Oxford, MS, the company that prepared the report, says monitoring sound has not been a high priority for the NOPD.
Woolworth says the city should move enforcement of the sound ordinance back to the health department and designate someone to be in charge of enforcement.
"My recommendation is that they create a position that is a dedicated person involved in the enforcement of sound issues. There should be some sort of dedicated officer, whether it be through the police or the health department, and our recommendations are through the health department," Woolworth said.