The Bend City Council is taking some flak after approving a new noise ordinance last night giving the city manager the right to waive parts of the rules and exempting the Les Schwab Amphitheater from the law during daytime hours.
It was a 6-1 vote with Jim Clinton opposed.
At its last meeting, the Council approved a different version of the new noise ordinance without those two provisions. But these new changes negate that earlier vote and require the Council to hold yet another vote on the issue in the future.
There are three main reasons people are miffed.
But, it’s not over. People who have issues with these changes can catch the Council’s next vote on the noise ordinance—it’ll hold a public hearing before the vote giving the public a chance to weigh in. The ordinance will become law after a second vote of approval.
Council members said they would closely monitor the new law and possibly make changes later, if necessary.
The next City Council meeting is June 20 and will be held at 710 NW Wall St. in downtown Bend. Agendas of the meetings are posted at the city’s website www.ci.bend.or.us.