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'Boom boxes' rattle nerves in Dickinson By ANNE COMSTOCK The Daily News DICKINSON — Following repeated repeated complaints from east side residents about loud music being played throughout the night at a car wash, Police Chief Wayne Broussard has informed his officers officers that they are to charge offenders offenders with disorderly conduct. Broussard and city code enforcement enforcement officer John Gardner told the City Council Tuesday that they had not yet been able to catch anyone breaking the 62 decibel noise limitation limitation after 10:30 p.m., but police will respond to phone calls to break up gatherings at the station on FM 517 across from Dickinson High School. "I've made 15 trips out there between between 8 and 11 p.m., and there has been no loud music," Gardner told the council. But area homeowner John Commiato told council members that sometimes the "boom boxes" are so loud they cause vibrations in residents' windows. "We are very concerned," Commiato said. "People are out there at all times of the night, and 90 percent of the time they aren't out there washing or vacuuming their cars. We call the police, but "People are out there at all times of the night, and 90 percent of the time they aren't out there washing or vacuuming their cars. John Commiato by the time they get there they are gone." Newly elected Councilman Jim Hardilek said he lives one street over from Commiato and he often hears the music coming from the car wash. Broussard said it is hard for officers officers to monitor the music levels coming from the car wash so they will use the disorderly conduct charge because it is easier to prosecute. prosecute. The owners of the car wash, who live in Seabrook, told the city they support using the law to dissuade loud gatherings at the establishment, establishment, Gardner said. And two signs have been posted warning against playing loud music.