Springfield Mayor Mike Houston talks about the sound curfew on The Jim Leach Show. Listen with the player above or download the MP3 here.
Under criticism over his earlier decision to cut off live music at outdoor festivals at 9:30pm, Springfield Mayor Mike Houston is making new modifications to the policy -- now saying such events may be allowed to go as late as 11pm.
In a live interview on 970 WMAY's "Jim Leach Show," Houston said that in ongoing conversations with people about the policy, he is now "leaning toward" an 11pm cutoff, which he says will balance the desire for an active nightlife with the need to maintain order and prevent nuisances for those who live near such events.
Houston says there were complaints about the recent SOHO festival downtown, which was granted an exemption from his new policy and allowed to run until midnight; the mayor did not say how many complaints he received. And Houston also linked the event to an assault on a woman after the first night of SOHO. While saying SOHO was not to blame for the attack, he says the risk of such assaults goes up when large festivals run later into the evening.
Houston originally proposed a curfew for amplified music for 9:30pm. Supporters of the recent SOHO Music Festival urged the mayor to reverse his decision and Houston revised the curfew for 10:30, allowing this year’s SOHO to go until its scheduled end at midnight.
After record attendance at the two-day downtown music festival, Houston now says that the curfew will be 11pm.