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Bars may get to make music later

Daily file photoRod Powell regular performs at Pepi's in Vail Village. The Town Council has given preliminary approval to allowing music a little later on Friday and Saturdays.
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VAIL ” Jim Lamont said he didn’t want his organization to be a killjoy.

“It’s not killjoy, it’s buzzkill,” said Councilman Greg Moffet.

Lamont, executive director of the Vail Village Homeowners Association, was the only person at a meeting Tuesday who opposed a proposed law that would allow bars with singers to keep their windows open a little longer on weekends.

The proposed law would extend the deadline for “amplified noise” from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in Vail Village and Lionshead.

Homeowners oppose the change and will be calling the town to complain, Lamont said.

“People go to bed at 10,” Lamont said.

Despite Lamont’s protests, the Vail Town Council gave preliminary approval to the proposed law.

Vail is supposed to be a fun place, and that’s why many people visit town,Moffet said.

“There are so many quiet residential areas in the town that (living) in the village seems to be a self-inflicted wound,” Moffet said.

Sheika Gramshammer, longtime owner of the Gasthof Gramshammer and Pepi’s Restaurant on Vail’s main corner, campaigned to loosen the rules after she got a noise ticket last summer because her singer was playing on her deck too late.

The music adds to the vitality of the town, she has said.

But several homeowners have written letters saying they don’t want the law to change.

The proposed law is a good compromise between bars and homeowners, Councilman Kevin Foley said. And it could be adjusted down the road if needed, Foley said.

“This summer, we can monitor it,” he said.

Rod Slifer, who lives in the village, voted in favor of the proposal but said he might vote against it when it comes up for final approval, citing neighbors’ potential concerns.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.


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