Outdoor bands are too loud [UPDATED]Published 9:49am Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Updated 11:59am Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The volume of the band playing at the VFW on Friday night, June 14, 2013, was too loud. When permits are issued, a decibel limit should be required, but apparently the city of Fergus Falls makes no such provision.
When bands play at the VFW, it sounds as if they are in my front yard. I am almost a mile north of the VFW. Sound from that location to my neighborhood crosses a body of water which amplifies the sound. I attempted to call the VFW multiple times during the event, but the line was busy the entire time. This tells me there were non-stop calls of complaint and/or the VFW took the phone off the hook.
I called the Police Department to complain and was told by an officer that every time a band plays outdoors at the VFW, complaint calls are received from my neighborhood. The officer stated there was nothing he could do and urged me to contact the city on Monday.
During the 10 years I have lived in Fergus Falls, this has been an annual problem. It’s time for the city to eliminate this situation by requiring outdoor musical events to cease by 11 p.m. and adhere to reasonable decibel levels, taking into consideration sound amplification across bodies of water. Other cities use these methods successfully, along with a noise ordinance.
I ask other residents who are annoyed by these disruptive events to contact the city of Fergus Falls and city councilmembers. It’s time for our voices to be heard and change to occur.