Church bells cause controversy in Denver neighborhood

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DENVER -- A battle over bells is brewing in a Denver neighborhood.

Some neighbors complain the bells are too loud and they ring too often.

The bells at Brentwood United Methodist ring 12 times day. The church is located at the corner of West Jewell Avenue and South Irving Street.

Some people believe the sound is relaxing and beautiful.

"I like the bells I enjoy them," Gloria Romero said.

But not everybody likes them.

"Oh yes they bother me. It’s so disruptive," a woman who lives nearby said. "There’s no such thing as a quiet weekend, because every hour on the hour the bells are going off."

The woman, who asked not to be identified, says she has called police to complain.

The bells now chime daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. -- on the hour --  and sometimes include a melody.

She spoke to a noise abatement officer on the phone.

Still, the bells toll on.

"I’m not saying don’t ring your bells," she said. "I mean freedom of speech right, but could you do it less? And could you not do it so loudly?"

"All the neighbors like the bells," church trustee Micheal Ellis said. "We have one neighbor who doesn’t. We have turned the bells down. We have reduced the amount of times they ring … and still have not satisfied that individual."

But at least one other neighbor has made comments and complaints, which Denver City Council member Kevin Flynn was checking out.

"We can have a noise enforcement officer go out to the property in question with a measuring device and see if it exceeds the limit," Flynn said.

Many neighbors like the bells. They described in detail the sounds they hear every day. The question is: Are they too loud?

Flynn said he's waiting to see if a formal complaint is filed. If so, an officer will be sent to test for any violations.

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