Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hailey backtracks on noise limits

City reinstates 10 p.m. threshold for all but special events


By CHRISTINE COLBERT
For The Express

    The Hailey City Council reconsidered Monday night a decision made last July in which the council approved an amendment to the city’s noise ordinance.
    The provision allowed for outdoor amplified music as late as 11:30 p.m. in Hailey’s business district, and until midnight at the city’s rodeo arena. The amendment has since garnered public complaints over the council’s unanimous decision, prompting city leaders to revisit the issue.
    Councilwoman Martha Burke expressed her concern over the amendment, saying she was hesitant to “support business to the point where we jeopardize where we live in this town.” She suggested a possible exception to the ordinance that would allow for special events, while reverting back to the 10 p.m. restriction for all other outdoor events.


I am hesitant to “support business to the point where we jeopardize where we live in this town.”
Martha Burke
Councilwoman




    After considering public comment regarding the July decision, the council moved to alter the language of the amendment. Noise limits extending later than 10 p.m. will be made allowable only for special, one-time public events. For example, the annual Northern Rockies Music Festival would be considered for the exception, since it does not occur on a weekly or monthly basis, and is open to the public. The change will require most Main Street businesses to observe the 10 p.m. time limit.
    An exception process will be required for approval of the later noise-limit allowance, in which targeted specifications must be met. In the coming weeks, the city will revise the July amendment to incorporate the changes, in order to clarify the discussed details.




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