Mr. Softee and the Never-Ending Song
An ice cream truck is causing a disturbance in Mt. Airy.
There's just a little bit of ice cream-related frustration in Mt. Airy.
A Mr. Softee truck's song has been bothering some people along a few blocks here, and the West Mt. Airy Neighbors (WMAN) Quality of Life Committee is working to do something about it.
The ice cream truck, granted, has honorable intentions. Committee member Dan Rhoton said at a meeting Monday that he spoke with the driver recently to try and learn a little bit more about his route.
The truck often stops on West Sharpnack Street—an area Rhoton called "an ice cream truck gold mine." Families with lots of children live in that area, and they're often angling to by treats when it gets warmer outside.
Regina Jelencovich lives on West Hortter Street nearby. She said the constant sound of the truck isn't something that she always wants to hear.
"On nice days, the ice cream trucks have been driving me nuts," Jelencovich said.
Rhoton advised her to try and keep track of the times when the truck is on the street. Then, he said, the group can have a record of when it was present—and can then maybe go to the driver with a log.
Maybe, Rhoton said, the statistics could convince the driver to cut down on the amount of time he plays his song outdoors.
Jelencovich, for her part, said she's researched how other areas have responded to similar noise pollution. Ocean City, N.J.'s ice cream truck drivers ring a bell (instead of playing a song), while a Colorado town does the same.
Rhoton playfully said he would investigate even further if he had too—perhaps by buying even more ice cream for himself in the future.
"I'll do for WMAN what needs to be done," he said with a smile.