Elkhorn City council proposes changes to noise ordinance

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ELKHORN CITY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Elkhorn City Town Council is taking a fresh look at the city's noise ordinance following concerns from community members.

The original ordinance set a 10 p.m. cut-off for outdoor music and festivals.

"Ten o'clock on a Saturday is a little ridiculous," said James Senters, local frontman for The Pastime Band.

He said he and his band perform in the city and have run into some issues after going over the set curfew. He said he recognizes the importance of the city holding to its laws, but he wanted to see if the law could be changed.

"With the good work of the council, we have proposed a new noise ordinance," said Senters.

The new proposal was presented at Tuesday's meeting of the city council, with plans to extend the curfew.

"Elkhorn City's got so much to offer. It could be a tourist capital," said Senters. "If we're going to take steps to go in that direction, we need to take small steps."

City councilwoman Roxanne Blankenship agreed saying the council was supportive of the idea.

"The discussion went great," Blankenship said. "It was unanimously 'yes' votes and there was no question about why we did it."

Under the proposed ordinance, the new noise curfew for outdoor entertainment would be bumped to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and extended to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

"I think it's a step forward in allowing more entertainment in the city," Blankenship said.

The new ordinance would also discount the registration fee for events. A second reading of the proposal is planned for Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

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