To: VVHA Membership and Interested Parties
From: Jim Lamont
RE: Update – Proposed Outdoor Amplified Sound Ordinance Amendment
May 8, 2007
is recommended that letters be sent to the Town Council by those concerned
with the one hour (10 pm to 11 pm), Friday and Saturday extension of outdoor amplified
sound. The matter will be decided by the Council on second reading at next
Tuesday's (May 15th) evening meeting.
matter may also be influenced by contacting Skieka Grammshammer directly.
Ferry and a limited number of other business interests have taken up Skieka Grammshammer's
initial request for a 15 minute grace period, pushing it to a full hour
Recently there is a trend from some political /business leaders that Vail
Village is an outdoor entertainment center rather than a long-standing,
well established "enclosed" mixed-use commercial and residential
center. Many Vail Village residential owners have owned their property
for years, well before outdoor amplified sound became an issue. It is
noted that the amplified outdoor sound amendment is part of an
increased effort to use the public streets and other outdoor venues more
frequently as a means to supplement private and public business income.
Public comments from some elected officials indicate it is a trend
that will increasingly treat residential/lodging owners in Vail Village as
an expendable constituency and cliental.
Condominium officers, lodge and property managers should be particularly
concerned with this matter as owners and guest complaints will be directed
to them. They should insure that all outdoor amplified sound complaints
are promptly registered with the Vail Police Department and Town Council
members. Additionally, condominium officers may wish to have their
individual owners weigh in with the Town Council by letter as well.
Please forward as appropriate.
Bars may get to make
Under proposal, guitar
music can waft onto Bridge Street until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays
Vail, CO Colorado
May 1, 2007
VAIL — Jim Lamont said he didn’t want his organization
to be a killjoy.
“It’s not killjoy, it’s buzzkill,” said Councilman
Lamont, executive director of the Vail Village
Homeowners Association, was the only person at a meeting Tuesday who
opposed a proposed law that would allow bars with singers to keep their
windows open a little longer on weekends.
The proposed law would extend the deadline for
“amplified noise” from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in Vail
Village and Lionshead.
Homeowners oppose the change and will be calling the
town to complain, Lamont said.
“People go to bed at 10,” Lamont said.
Despite Lamont’s protests, the Vail Town Council gave
preliminary approval to the proposed law.
Vail is supposed to be a fun place, and that’s why
many people visit town,Moffet said.
“There are so many quiet residential areas in the town
that (living) in the village seems to be a self-inflicted wound,” Moffet
Sheika Gramshammer, longtime owner of the Gasthof
Gramshammer and Pepi’s Restaurant on Vail’s main corner, campaigned to
loosen the rules after she got a noise ticket last summer because her
singer was playing on her deck too late.
The music adds to the vitality of the town, she has
But several homeowners have written letters saying
they don’t want the law to change.
The proposed law is a good compromise between bars and
homeowners, Councilman Kevin Foley said. And it could be adjusted down the
road if needed, Foley said.
“This summer, we can monitor it,” he said.
Rod Slifer, who lives in the village, voted in favor
of the proposal but said he might vote against it when it comes up for
final approval, citing neighbors’ potential concerns.
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929