Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Spud mitigation could work

We agree that the Wicked Spud provides a community service in creating a green space for people to relax and enjoy a good meal, as well as providing a great place for benefits on its patio, with a grassy area for the kids. We have friends in many of the benefit organizations and are also supporters of some of these causes.

We have always believed that the Spud should be allowed to continue its outdoor concerts. Our intention has always been to encourage the Wicked Spud to direct the music so that it can be more fully enjoyed by patrons of the Spud and yet allow the rest of Hailey residents to also relax and enjoy themselves as they may choose.

We have met with the Wicked Spud owners and believe they are sensitive to the noise abatement issue and will work to minimize their impact on the greater Old Hailey area.

In many cases, the bands have placed speakers so high in the air that sound is projected over Spud patrons and out across town, while the owners told us those patrons at the Spud complained they could not hear the vocals well enough.

Hopefully the bands can be encouraged to redirect their speakers more effectively for their selected audiences.

Secondly, it would be helpful if the volumes of the bass and the drums were decreased. Ideally, drums should not be amplified in an outside venue of this nature.

If these mitigation measures could be implemented, then we believe the concerts should be approved.

This issue affects both patrons of the Spud and all residents of Old Hailey. We have had people thank us for speaking out against the loud volume sounds that carry across town, as well as people indicating quite the opposite. As Hailey grows in both size and density, it becomes increasingly important for all of us to respect the rights of each other.

With sincere hopes that the Wicked Spud, and its benefit concerts, will continue to flourish and be a vital part of our community, we remain, respectfully yours.

Ken and Ginna Lagergren


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