Summer noise complaints associated with outdoor bands may be resolved by the clock.
Crow Wing County commissioners Tuesday heard that the most effective way to deal with residents' complaints about loud music late into the night may be a time restriction.
The board could limit commercial establishments from playing after a certain hour through a county ordinance or more directly through liquor licenses. Depending on what the board chooses, the time restrictions on outside bands at a business establishment could be in effect this summer.
The board would still have an option to allow a permit process for a special event such as a street dance.
Now, one of the questions before the board is what time to declare for the last beat. Commissioner Rachel Reabe Nystrom suggested 11 p.m. At past meetings, some residents suggested a midnight or 12:30 a.m. limit. Board Chairman Dewey Tautges said he did not think 12:30 a.m. was an unreasonable hour for the limit.
The board expects to hear recommendations on its next agenda and could schedule a public hearing two weeks later to hear from residents and business owners.
Commissioner Paul Thiede said the economics of the issue also should be addressed.
"If you have an economic impact here that is significant to your business, we need to hear about that," Thiede said. "If this is something that you want to defend as an economic issue for your business, you need to step forward and be able to share that information."
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