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Vail Valley: Battle Mountain P.A. to be measured

Sarah Mausolf
smausolf@vaildaily.com
Vail Valley, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – At the next home football game at Battle Mountain High School in Colorado’s Vail Valley, you might spot a man with a decibel meter.

That’s right: A county code enforcement officer plans to swing by the new Edwards stadium to find out just how loud the public address system is.

The school district is responding to a woman’s complaint about the noise from last Friday night’s game. It was the first home football game at the new high school on Miller Ranch Road in Edwards.



About a half mile away, inside her condo at The Reserve complex, Lynn Green-Bennett said she found the noise from the announcement system “totally unacceptable.”

“If it had been a few decibels higher, I would have heard the play by play,” she said. “As it was, it was completely disruptive. The noise of the P.A. system was so loud, that it felt like the football game was in our living room.”



Rohn Robbins, who announced Friday’s game, said he’s heard a variety of feedback about the sound. A handful of people in the stands actually told him the announcements were too quiet, he said.

“I had a couple people tell me ‘At the next game you need to turn it up,'” Robbins said.

The school district received just the one complaint about the noise, district director of communications Brooke Skjonsby said.



“The concern has been expressed and we are taking that seriously and addressing it by being sensitive, at the few home games that are left, to the volume of the p.a. system, and doing what we can to not disturb neighbors,” she said.

Just three home games remain this season, on Oct. 16, Oct. 23 and Nov. 6, Skjonsby said.

Andy Jessen, a code enforcement officer for Eagle County, plans to stand at several different spots on the school property with his decibel meter to measure the sound from the public address system. He’s going to give those readings to the school district for informational purposes.

“It’s about working with them to minimize the impact,” he said. “We’re not going to issue a violation or something.”

A handful of other residents interviewed in The Reserve complex said they heard the sound from Friday’s game but weren’t concerned about it.

“I don’t care because it doesn’t bother me inside my house,” Alma F. Tower said.

Miller’s Creek resident David Lyle, who lives about a half mile from the stadium, said he could hear muffled loudspeaker announcements and cheering from the crowd. He wasn’t worried, though, because he said the game didn’t go late. The game ended at about 9:30 p.m.

“If it was 11, 12 at night, I’d be upset about it but it was reasonable,” Lyle said.

High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.


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