Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hailey approves late-night concerts

City leaders amend noise ordinance

Express Staff Writer

    Some summer nights will be loud longer in some parts of Hailey this summer.
    The Hailey City Council voted unanimously Monday to amend the city’s noise ordinance to accommodate concert promoters, allowing amplified music as late as 11:30 p.m. in most places.
    “It will be good to have an ordinance that reflects what is really going on,” said Councilwoman Carol Brown, referring to the fact that the Hailey Police Department has routinely allowed shows to play longer than the legal limit of 10 p.m.
    The council passed the amendment as quickly as possible, waiving the second and third public readings.
    The item was rushed in order to allow an extended period of play for Danny Walton’s Mountain Niceness Productions’ Reggae in the Mountains World Jam concert at the Hailey Rodeo Arena on July 21.
    The ordinance change will allow concerts to play until midnight at the Rodeo Arena and until 11:30 p.m. in the business zone, which has regular shows on Main Street at the Wicked Spud and the Sun Valley Brewery. Elsewhere in the city, amplified sound will remain limited to 10 p.m.
    Councilwoman Martha Burke expressed concern that concerts could “creep” even later than the newly written noise ordinance.
    “Everyone loved that MASSV show playing in Ketchum until 2 in the morning!” she said jokingly.
    The council agreed to review the change in one year to see if it is welcomed by the public.

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