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Noise Ordinance Officially Changes, But Look For Council To Reconsider Again Later

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Changes to the noise ordinance approved at the last Bend City Council meeting were reaffirmed in a second vote on Wednesday night.

The changes were welcomed by live music lovers and music venue owners. First offenses for violating the city's noise decibel levels will now be $250 instead of $750. Sporting events are now exempt from more stringent decibel level rules that go into affect at 10 p.m. And police are now required to use decibel meters before issuing citations to commercial businesses.

Despite approving these changes, councilors cautioned that they will be watching closely to see how they play out over the summer. Some councilors said they want to see a more robust and renewed discussion in the fall.

"This is a temporary fix," said Councilor Doug Knight, "one that will take us through the summer."

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