WINSLOW — Residents will get a chance to weigh in on proposed changes to the town’s noise ordinance at a public hearing Monday. On the same night, the Town Council is scheduled to discuss possible changes to the Fourth of July celebration held in town every year.

The hearing will be held at the town office at 7 p.m.

The council is considering replacing its current noise ordinance with new rules. The proposed ordinance prohibits people from making loud and unreasonable noise in public and private places if law enforcement has warned them about the noise in the last 60 days.

The prohibition defines noise to include “sounds created by radios or other electronic or mechanical devices capable of amplifying or projecting ambient noise, including such devices operated within motor vehicles” and mechanical devices or vehicles between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Events that receive a permit from the town are exempt from the ordinance, as are government agencies and utility companies.

In a recent email, Town Council Chairman Jerry Saint Armand said the new ordinance would address concerns from residents and suggested changes from Police Chief Shawn O’Leary.

The council will also discuss changes to the Winslow Family 4th of July, a multi-day event with live music concerts, a giant parade and huge fireworks show.

“As complaints in the past regarding noise issues have centered around the 4th of July activities and the week prior and after this event, a separate public discussion will be held on the Winslow 4th of July celebration itself,” Saint Amand said.

The event has been held in Winslow since the 1990s and is one of the largest Fourth of July celebrations in the state. Last year, there was a brief discussion of moving future events to Fairfield, and organizers at the time said they got the feeling the event may have overstayed its welcome. The police and fire departments said they have been taxed and exhausted providing coverage for the nearly 70,000 people who attend the celebration.

“This event has been held in Winslow since the early ’90s but may be under consideration for finding a new home for the 2016 celebration,” Saint Amand said.

Peter McGuire — 861-9239

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Twitter: @PeteL_McGuire

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