The Salt Lake City-County Board of Health will decide in two weeks whether a local promotion company can hold a series of summer concerts at Derks Field, even though the concerts are certain to violate the noise ordinance.
James Brown and Kent Capener of Salt and Pepper Productions on Thursday sought the board's permission to violate the noise ordinance so they can hold a series of outdoor concerts in conjunction with Salt Lake Trappers games. They said the concerts will be geared to an adult audience, ages 25 and up, and won't be of the heavy-metal variety.Patti Fricks, director of the health department's Bureau of Environmental Sanitation and Safety, said permission to violate the ordinance sometimes is granted but usually for such things as emergency work or nighttime flood control. Requests for outdoor concerts in residential areas have always been denied. Promoters of two previous Derks Field concerts, featuring Willie Nelson and Alice Cooper, didn't ask permission.
The ordinance forbids noise 55 decibels or higher at the nearest residential property line. After 10 p.m. the noise can't be audible on residential property. "We know from past experience that you can't hold a concert in Derks Field without violating the ordinance," said Fricks.
Brown said the concerts will never go later than 10 p.m. In fact, they are planned to end by 7 or 8 p.m. and will average 60 to 90 minutes.
Dr. Harry L. Gibbons, health director, said he's opposed to allowing any outdoor concerts in residential areas. "It's so disruptive to families, and there are a lot of families with young children in that area."
Fricks said that even if a person enjoys the music, the noise still has an effect on the body.
Capener said they have looked at other locations such as the Great Salt Lake beaches, but Derks Field is the only one that meets their needs.