Thursday, March 10, 2011

Council members blare loud music in downtown Cape

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - Members of the Cape Girardeau City Council conducted a noise demonstration Wednesday evening in the downtown area as they are currently working on the existing noise ordinance.

Sound systems were placed outside of Last Call and Bel Air Bar & Grill, while council members, armed with decibel readers, measured sound from 300 and 800 feet.

Both establishments have live music on outdoor stages which frequently bring complaints from nearby residents. 

Councilman John Voss, who proposed the demonstration, says it is important they experience the noise first hand, rather than assume what concerned residents hear.

"I think we will take the information and experiences that we had today and re-read the proposed ordinance the noise committee has worked on and determine if it is sufficient, if there is a need to modify the proposal to come up with something you know is appropriate for this time," Voss said.

The proposed ordinance states any noise that is plainly audible at certain distances within time bound periods would be in violation.

Nearby residents voiced their concerns that music on the weekends at Bel Air is much louder than the levels on the sound systems during the test.

Matthew Caldwell, KRCU


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