Iowa City City Councilors approve amplified sound ordinance

BY NICK HASSETT | APRIL 10, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa City City Council voted to change the rules on the use of amplified sound in city spaces on Tuesday.

The council passed the change, 7-0, on its second consideration after the council approved waiving the third consideration of the measure in favor of expedited action. An ordinance usually requires three readings to become law.

The ordinance allows the director of the Parks and Recreation Department to approve amplified sound in parks, which is currently not allowed for parades and public assemblies under City Code unless the event is a community-wide event that reasonably expects to draw more than 500 persons or occupy a substantial area on the Pedestrian Mall.

The City Council unanimously supported the first consideration of the ordinance on March 19.

Chad Dyson, the city recreation superintendent, said the ordinance was an amendment and wouldn’t change how events using amplified sound would operate but how an event would apply to use amplified sound.

“This won’t increase the use of sound in parks,” he said. “It won’t have much of an impact on [those already able to use amplified sound].”

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