Now it’s Springfield aldermen’s turn to make some noise about the issue of amplified music at outdoor events.
Several aldermen are not pleased by Mayor Mike Houston’s efforts to slap a curfew on live outdoor music, and now Ward 1’s Frank Edwards is working on an ordinance that could allow the music to continue later in the evening.
Houston originally proposed a 9:30pm cutoff, but last week on 970 WMAY said he was leaning toward letting it go as late as 11pm.
Corporation Council Mark Cullen says ordinances already on the books say there cannot be music out at the Springfield Marina past 10pm and that could threaten the upcoming Rock the Dock celebration.
Alderman Cory Jobe who recently came out in support of the SOHO Music Festival, another outdoor event that was targeted with a possible sound curfew, says the city has other priorities like crime and abandoned properties.
Alderman Jobe and Ward One’s Frank Edwards made it clear Tuesday that they are drafting an ordinance that lays out a clear definition of a sound curfew.
Either way the battle is not expected to affect this year’s Rock the Dock event on June 29th at the Lake Springfield Marina.
Rock the Dock is organized by Midwest Family Broadcasting stations, including 970 WMAY, and draws thousands of people to Lake Springfield Marina for a fireworks show and live music.