Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hailey to reconsider late-night music

Some promoters granted special consideration


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

    Hailey leaders are weighing the economic and social benefits of late-night concerts against the desires of residents for peace and quiet during long summer evenings.
    Since 2007, the city has granted special-use permits to play amplified music on Main Street until 10:30 p.m., but some locals contend that music often goes later.
    The council is reconsidering a decision made last month to expedite changes to the city’s noise ordinance that allows music to extend until midnight at the Hailey Rodeo Arena and until 11:30 p.m. in the business zone after a special-event permit has been issued.
    The business zone includes the entire length of Main Street. Regular shows on Main Street at the Wicked Spud and the Sun Valley Brewery can be heard several blocks away in residential neighborhoods, some residents have said. Elsewhere in the city, amplified sound that extends beyond property boundaries is limited to 10 p.m.
    The ordinance amendment was passed on June 17 after the council waived the second and third readings to accommodate a July 20 reggae concert at the rodeo arena. A professional bull-riding event, which did not have a special-use permit for this season, was granted one-time permission at that time to play amplified music at the arena until 11:30 p.m.
    No other events have been given permission to play later than 10:30 p.m. this summer, but next summer’s event organizers will likely seek permission to go late.
    Community Development Director Micah Austin said no complaints have been heard at City Hall about rodeo arena events nor about the Northern Rockies Music Festival, held last week in Hop Porter Park.
    But the prospect of Main Street music playing until midnight next summer has raised some concerns.
     “I’m against it,” wrote Hailey resident Tim Marsano to City Hall. “The Sun Valley Brewery leaves their doors open and the music comes to my house (and many others in the River Street/Hailey Park Townhomes area) loud and clear. … If the noise stayed inside the business (i.e. doors closed) that would be a different matter.”
    Councilwoman Carol Brown, who voted along with the City Council to pass the ordinance change in June, opted to reopen discussion on the ordinance last week, based on complaints such as Marsano’s.
    The City Council has scheduled a public hearing on Monday, Aug. 19, to consider amending the noise ordinance again, based on public comment.




About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of mtexpress.com and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads





Copyright © 2014 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.