Judge to Aspen’s Bad Billy’s: Turn the music down
ASPEN – A city judge on Wednesday fined Bad Billy’s $150 and placed the Aspen tavern on a six-month probation for violating the city’s noise ordinance.
The Cooper Avenue hangout was ticketed on Dec. 30 after an anonymous complaint was filed about loud music playing.
“It was a simple mistake of us leaving the music on [at nighttime],” Bad Billy’s manager Andrew Hopp told Judge Brooke Peterson during a hearing held in Aspen Municipal Court. “Unfortunately the person who filed the complaint contacted the police and not us.”
Aspen patrol officer David Thompson told the judge that police have been going to Bad Billy’s “quite a bit” because of noise problems.
“For us to cite a local business, it’s after repeated warnings,” he said. “This has been an ongoing situation and the final straw was to write a citation to make these changes so we’re not there every night.”
Hopp said he recently became manager at the tavern, and said he planned to get a noise meter to monitor the decibels being pumped out of Bad Billy’s.
City ordinance has decibel restrictions of 65 dBA during the daytime (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and 60 during the nighttime (9 p.m. to 7 a.m.) in the commercial core, where Bad Billy’s is located.
Judge Peterson warned Hopp that the establishment’s liquor license might not be renewed if the noise ordinance violations continued. Repeated violations could be costly as well, he said.
“If you’re back here, I have a right to fine you up to $1,000 for each and every incident that occurs,” he said, “and the liquor authority will not take kindly to that when your license comes up for renewal.”
He added: “It’s probably as much an issue with your liquor license as it is with me.”
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