Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What was the city of Ketchum thinking?

    Last weekend, for two nights in a row, the MASSV music festival used a permit to have outdoor music until 3 a.m., with apparently no condition on the noise level. The permit approved by the Ketchum City Council and the mayor violated every noise ordinance on their own books. The result was anyone living near or up to two miles south of the River Run parking lot was kept awake. As evidence, the Sun Valley, Ketchum and Blaine County police received a large number of complaints, to no avail as they could do nothing about it.
    What were they thinking? Did they really think that the rockers and folks sleeping in tents and using porta-potties actually spend that much money to justify their decision? Did they think about one of Sun Valley Co.s’ major goals of making this area a more family-friendly area to visit?  Obviously not, as visitors left early when they found out that they had to put up with the noise again on Saturday night. In several cases, house guests of locals left early for the same reason.
    Time will tell if the damage done can be repaired. I hope that any permits issued in the future for major outdoor events with music will have to comply with all existing noise ordinances that apply to all the local establishments, and if it is a special event, at least have the latest time for quitting 10:30-11 p.m.
Roger O’Connell
Sun Valley

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