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Morning Buzz – Jan. 14, 2010

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Fredericksburg’s snow storm made USA Today’s community photo page. Find the photo here.

City Council members voted Tuesday to make some changes to the city’s noise ordinance. The changes prohibit "excessive noise" (defined as clearly audible at a distance of 50 feet from the property line of the place it’s coming from) from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. (The existing ordinance set the hours as 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. and said the noise had to be audible from within 100 feet.) A majority of City Council members chose to add a special provision to the ordinance that would move the noise window later–to 1 a.m. until 7 a.m.–for downtown businesses on Friday and Saturday nights. Matt Kelly cast the only vote against it, and he has posted a rant about the council’s decision here.

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  • kelly058

    A rant? I would have preferred it be described as a well reason and thought provoking dissertation on a pivotal issue facing our city. But I guess a rant will have to do.

  • EmilyBattle

    So that’s what it takes to get people to comment on my blog.

  • mydar

    Since no rational was provided by the Council members — and no public input was involved — we are left to guess as to why they change. Let’s go with, “it will increase revenue of downtown businesses.” Ok, so in 6 months the City Council will present a well-structured study revealing the level of increased revenue by businesses in the “downtown commercial district” that are a direct result of this well-thought out change to a quality of life ordinance. And since we are on the track of revenue over quality of life, I suggest lowering the drinking age to 13 and removing any open container laws. Think of the revenue!!

  • MAVRICKinc

    Thanks again for the reality check. Keep throwing those spears, barbed wire, and your version of a left hook. It’s always good to see some people running around the Fredericksburg arena without blinders on. Next time you’re in Munich, around October time, hoist one for me and then take a leap over the fire, in the middle of town in an open field, dedicated to the proposition of family and those who would dare to be different. Thanks for sharing.