Council tweaks bylaw regarding concert music

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Hours allowed to play music at concerts in Big Lakes County is being increased by one hour.

At its regular meeting May 25, council approved a recommendation to change the hours of public music under the concert bylaw.

“All concerts which are subject to a licence pursuant to the provisions of the bylaw shall close and cease operations continuously between the hours of 3 a.m and 7 a.m. each and every day,” states the amendment.

Currently, the bylaw regulates that no activities are permitted from 2-7 a.m.

“Both the North Country Fair and Astral Harvest concert events have been granted permission in the past to continue operations to 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. respectively on their small stages,” says Pat Olansky, director of planning, development.

New times for the events will take effect in 2017.

At the May 17 meeting of the Municipal Planning Commission, a motion was made to refer the concert bylaw back to council for review.

Many councillors agreed with the slight change.

“We don’t want it all night,” says High Prairie East, Banana Belt Councillor Don Charrois.

Others agreed.

“Some people go all day and all night,” adds Grouard Councillor Frank Sutherland.

“They don’t want to shut it down,” adds Joussard Councillor Ed Podollan.

To enforce the bylaw, CAO Bill Kostiw says the county has a contract for peace officer services with the Town of High Prairie. The officer is willing to patrol the area.

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