Concert noise, schools dominate discussion at Bangor city council meeting


(NEWS CENTER) --- Bangor's city council meeting turned into a 'sound-off session' Monday night for many residents who say that they have had enough of noise from the city's outdoor concert series.

Bangor police got more than 140 calls from people complaining about the noise throughout a show on Saturday. The 'Rise Above Fest' kicked off Waterfront Concert's summer lineup at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion. The day of rock music began at noon and ran until after 11 p.m.

The show was over by the 11:30 p.m. city curfew. Yet many people complained Monday that the music was just too loud saying the noise was enough to rattle their windows and keep them awake.

"Another issue I'd like to bring forward is the fact that the expletives that were said at the concert," said Caitlin McMahon, who lives on the city's west side, "I had my windows closed and I could still hear the F-word repeatedly in my apartment."

"I have small children myself and we're able to find ways that we deal with the concert noise levels on a few nights per year for the greater good of the city of Bangor," remarked Joe Locke of Bangor, who was one of the few city residents that spoke in favor of the concerts at the meeting.

The city surveyed the noise levels during last Saturday's concert. Officials say they are hoping to make the results public soon.

Also Monday night Bangor's school budget cleared its first reading.

At more than $43 million some city leaders wanted to cut the budget to make up for receiving less money from the state under municipal revenue sharing. The council voted to reject that motion Monday night and voted 5 to 4 in favor of not cutting the school budget.

It is due to go to voters in June.


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