Town addresses noise complaints at Rec Hall

The Town of Coupeville is working to address complaints about noise coming from the Recreation Hall while still maintaining the building as a community asset.

Mayor Molly Hughes told the council on Tuesday night the complaints she’s getting are basically coming from one person who owns a vacation rental close to the Rec Hall.

But they did raise the need to look at the town’s noise ordinance, which like many of the town’s ordinances, hasn’t been updated in a while.

Coupeville Marshall Chris Garden said on the law enforcement end he has received noise complaints also about the Rec Hall.

They’ve usually been during times of warm weather when people have had the windows open, he said.

Hughes said the complaints always seem to be generated by live music around events like dances and weddings.

“The kinds of things we want the Rec Hall to be used for,” she said.

Some council members pointed out that the Rec Hall was built and designated as such prior to the vacation rental that was put in later.

“It’s a community resource and it was there before,” councilwoman Lisa Bernhardt said.

County noise regulations call for quiet hours to start at 10 p.m. each night. Council suggested perhaps staying consistent with those regulations.

However, Hughes pointed out that during the summer it’s sometimes still light out until almost 10 p.m.

They settled on setting Rec Hall quiet hours to start at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Those rules will be added to the applications users sign when renting the Rec Hall and are subject to change at the mayor’s discretion.

The town said they will try and work with the rental owner to try and come to an amenable solution.

“It’s something we can try out and see how it goes,” she said.

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