Thursday, March 14, 2013
The hospital says it will work with neighbors to mitigate noise concerns, but reminds the public that patients being transported require level one trauma services.
Residents sounded off at the Royal Oak Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, voicing their concerns over the expansion of a helipad at Beaumont Hospital. “I don’t have a peaceful neighborhood anymore,” said Aggie Monfette. Monfette and others protested that Beaumont One—the twin-engine EC135 helicopter that transports patients within Michigan and northern Ohio—and others like it, shake and rattle walls. “They’re loud. They fly low and my whole house vibrates,” Monfette said, adding, “They don’t have a plan when they fly. They are all over the place.” While sympathizing with residents, planning commissioners stated living next to a hospital is no different than living next to a fire station where neighbors "get used to the noise." “If there …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The Labor Day weekend festival plans to make adjustments to reduce noise complaints in 2013.
Friday, November 16, 2012
The next Arts, Beats & Eats festival won’t be quite as noisy, promises Royal Oak City Manager Don Johnson. “There were a few complaints, about 20, this year about loud music. The actual number of complaints was … very low for an event attended by almost 400,000 people,” Johnson said in an interview this week. “I have received more complaints about much smaller events.” Johnson said two things happened during this year’s festival that led to the noise complaints. One is fixable and one may not be. “First, the easy fix: The ‘techno’ stage was moved this year to a location where its harsh sound spilled over into a neighborhood,” said Johnson. “In previous years, the softer, mellower ‘international’ stage had been in that location. That …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Parking, noise, public safety and how much the event costs the city.
The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Facebook page says: "Arts, Beats & Eats is this weekend! Estimated economic impact to the region $39 million." But what is the effect on Royal Oak residents? Terri Garrett lives within earshot of the festival. While she can hear the bands, it's not really a problem for her. "It's more annoying to hear people downtown talking loud on the weekends," she said. "That's more distracting." Parking wasn't much of an issue last year either, Garrett said, although she did hear rumblings from a few out-of-town folks who parked on side streets. "They got tickets," she said. "It's only $15 to park in an official lot and the money goes to charity. I say 'just pay it.'" For residents who have questions about parking, …