Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mountain Express: Hailey Debates Extension of Late Night Outdoor Concerts

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Despite the objections from some residents who prefer their summer evenings to be quiet, officials with the City of Hailey are mulling special consideration for some late-night outdoor concerts.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that the Hailey City Council is debating whether to extend special-use permits to play amplified music on the city's Main Street until 11:30 p.m. in in the business zone and until midnight at the Hailey Rodeo Arena. Currently, special-use permits limit amplified music to 10:30 p.m.

While no complaints were lodged against a recent reggae concert and bull-riding event at the rodeo arena, the Mountain Express reports that the proposed extension for music on Main Street "has raised some concerns."

"I'm against it," Hailey resident Tim Marsano wrote to City Hall. "If the noise stayed inside the business (i.e. doors closed) that would be a different matter."

And Hailey councilwoman Carol Brown, who initially supported the extension, said complaints such as Marsano's warranted further discussion.

The City Council has decided to open the subject to a public hearing, set for Monday, Aug. 19.

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