Wauconda board again delays noise rules

120-day moratorium on producing, selling medical marijuana passed

Updated 12/3/2013 10:08 PM

A vote on a proposed overhaul of Wauconda's noise ordinance was once again delayed Tuesday night.

"The wording is not correct," Trustee Lincoln Knight told the sparse crowd at the evening's village board meeting.


Knight, Village Administrator Doug Maxeiner and a committee will finalize the next version of the proposal before it comes back to the full board. A new date for a vote wasn't set Tuesday.

"Doug and I will work on that and get it all straightened out," Knight said.

The board was set to vote on the proposal two weeks ago, but Maxeiner recommended some changes to accommodate emergency roadwork and other unusual conditions.

The proposal has been in the works since summer 2012. It was prompted by complaints about late-night music at some local bars.

The proposed changes break the days of the week into two categories.

On Sundays through Thursdays, amplified music or other noise shouldn't be audible to a person standing 100 feet beyond a property line between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

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On Fridays and Saturdays, the restrictions would kick in at 11 p.m. and last until 7 a.m.

Also Tuesday, the board approved a 120-day moratorium on businesses that would produce or sell medical marijuana.

Such sales will be legal statewide starting Jan. 1.

Wauconda officials wanted the delay because a state group hasn't yet issued guidelines for municipalities. Adopting a version of those model rules will help the local towns be consistent, officials have said.

The moratorium could last until May.

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