2010.05.26 Tim Decker: Downtown music
I have read opinions on the downtown music for the past two weeks. It is through my building that the music has been played. The intent was to promote a good feeling during the Holiday season.
In the articles I read, one party mentioned a type of music they may like to hear and it is mentioned a couple of times that residents in the downtown area don’t want to be subjected to music picked out by one person. A request was made to the public to donate music for the holidays, and the music that was played was donated by a number of people from the Morenci area. So if you wanted something played, it wouldn’t have been a problem. The system we use randomly selects music throughout the day. No one person programs the music.
As for the hours the music was played, the intent was to play the music from 9 a.m. until about 8 p.m. We had music playing during the evening meal hours for establishments that are open during those hours. Only once in all the time the music played was there a call from the police that the music was playing later than planned. I went immediately and shut down the system. The next day I replaced the timer. There were never any other times I was contacted by the police. We were contacted Jan. 2 of this year by a downtown resident requesting that we turn off the music, who said in case we couldn’t tell, the holiday season was over and the music was interfering with their TV. We shut it down at this request.
That’s it. Until the last two weeks of editorials and Letters from Readers, there has never been any complaints about the music, at least none that ever reached me. The Chamber is considering playing music on the streets in the summer. The hours have been discussed, but nothing has been finalized.
As for people who choose to live in the business district, they need to realize that people who live in residential areas and in the country do so for a reason. There is a reason the downtown is referred to as a business district. All of these areas are subject to different atmospheres.
I have had a lot of compliments about the music playing through the years. All of the music was donated by kind-hearted local residents who wanted to do something nice for the downtown area and the people in our community. Nobody ever intended to cause anyone any distress.
I am not sure what will happen to the playing of the music now.
– Tim Decker