The sound generated by entertainment acts at Thornapple Plaza at the start of its first summer season came under fire from North Church Street resident Al Sherry Monday at the Hastings City Council meeting. Sherry said when he earlier expressed concern that sound from entertainment acts would travel down the Thornapple River, echo off the buildings and disturb the peace of residents, he was told if there was a problem, the city council would fix it.
During the first event, “It sounded like it was in my backyard. I want to know about the noise ordinance…if it has decibel levels. They have 12 speakers the size of refrigerators… I realize they bring their own amplifiers, but there is no reason the band had to be that loud.
“I’m here right now to ask you to set decibel levels,” he said. City Manager Jeff Mansfield took decibel levels during the concert that reached 90 decibels. Rock music sometimes reaches 120 decibels, Sherry said. “Where did they take the measurements? I’m asking city officials to step up and set decibel levels.” He invited council members to come and sit in his yard during the next concert and, “see what I have to put up with.”
In his report, Police Chief Jeff Pratt reminded citizens that fireworks displays are allowed in Michigan only on the day before, the day of and the day after the July 4th holiday and no later than midnight on those days.
It is illegal to fire off firecrackers on public property like parks, schools or churches, or in a manner that would let them land on others property without their permission. Also, those under 18, or using alcohol or drugs, are not allowed use fireworks. Fines could be $500, he said. Given the cautions, Pratt advised residents to, “just be safe and have a good time.”
Clerk Tom Emery also had a message for Hastings voters. The August and November elections will be held at the Hastings Baptist Church on Woodlawn Avenue because the usual site, the Hastings Middle School, will be unavailable while undergoing substantial renovations.