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Friday, January 13, 2012

Boone Noise Issues

The Boone Town Council has been arguing the proposed noise ordnance for quite some time now but without any apparent progress. Downtown bar owners who feature live music -apparently LOUD live music - are arguing that they can't remain in business unless they are allowed to continue to let their bands play late at night.

Residents of the area, on the other hand, are complaining that they have the right to peace and quiet in their own homes and that they are being denied restful sleep because of the noise generated by nearby saloons.

Quite an issue - and a difficult one for the council. They will certainly NOT find a compromise that will satisfy everyone involved. I haven't seen the issue discussed oin line yet and I wondered what side of the issue our readers might be on?






8 comments:

NewGuy said...

Article in the Democrat...

http://www2.wataugademocrat.com/News/story/Venue-owners-speak-out-against-noise-ordinance-id-006757

G.I.G said...

Looks like our town council has the plan working out to move on with replacing small business with chains or town owned companies in full force. They buy the old theater, with out any approval from taxpayers. Then they go after existing employers by making live music by private business owners not a feasibility.

Now they will get to control what music is played, by what chains they let replace small business, or just be a monopoly and only make it available in the theater they own.

guy faulkes said...

I have to wonder why one would live in the business sections of town if noise bothers them.

Anonymous said...

If people moved next door to a saloon with loud music then I have no sympathy. If the saloon or the music started after I bought a house in a RESIDENTIAL neighborhood, it's a different issue. I would say that if the Boone Saloon would put a loud music venue where it will disturb sleeping neighbors, maybe they are the ones that should reconsider.

guy faulkes said...

If a person is conducting a business in an area that is zoned for this type business, then the fault is either that of his neighbor for not realizing this could happen or the municipality for zoning the area so that the neighbor could be disturbed. It is not the fault of the businessman who is playing by the rules. The neighbor should have opposed the zoning just as the businessman opposes rules that negatively affect his business.

Zoning is supposed to have buffer areas that decease the impact of business on residences (if you believe in zoning). It appears poor zoning practices are the culprits.

oatz said...

I know Mark from Galileo, he bought a decibel meter to test. CONVERSATION on the porch was 60 decibels which would be a violation. On Friday the wind registered an average of 85 decibels another violation. Boone needs to get over itself!

G.I.G said...

To me the new laws on noise are not about controlling sound levels, as they are regulating who the town wants to do business with inside of the city limits.

Joe Wilcox said...

Looks like our town council has the plan working out to move on with replacing small business with chains or town owned companies in full force. They buy the old theater, with out any approval from taxpayers. Then they go after existing employers by making live music by private business owners not a feasibility. Now they will get to control what music is played, by what chains they let replace small business, or just be a monopoly and only make it available in the theater they own.