Noise issues can be resolved by compromise [UPDATED]Published 10:05am Thursday, June 27, 2013 Updated 12:09pm Thursday, June 27, 2013
Recently, The Daily Journal received a letter from a Fergus Falls resident who expressed her concern for loud music at the VFW that played late into the night.
This is an issue that goes far beyond the individual resident and the VFW Post 612, and we believe compromises can — and should be — reached without any changes to city regulations.
Fun, late night events are good for the city and fun for residents. People enjoy coming to town from other areas to spend a few hours at a concert that plays into the night, and we appreciate the businesses that host these events.
At the same time, it is important to recognize that noise from loud events can carry well into residential areas and be irritating to some.
While sometimes there are gray areas, the city requires hosts to obtain a permit in order to hold an event that involves sound amplification into the night; however, preventing noise issues really comes down to common sense conversations between event hosts and police. Compromises are important, and sometimes a solution could be as simple as bringing the show inside at 11 p.m.
Residents may also need to be willing to compromise. Sometimes it is in the best interest of everyone to just accept that music is going to be irritating for a couple hours, and we believe most residents are understanding of this.
We hope that police, hosts and local residents can work together to ensure nighttime summer events can continue. If there are more Fergus Falls residents who have serious problems with loud noise from events, we don’t want you to stay quiet.
We want to know if this is an issue that needs to be given a closer look.