LAYTON -- Nights are now allowed to stay noisy a little later in this city.
On Thursday, the city council adopted an ordinance that changes the times people can make noise that can be heard away from their property.
The city had prohibited such noise between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., but the new ordinance changes the time period to 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.
The change, the council decided, will allow events to be held that more accurately reflect the current standards of the city.
The topic was also on the Oct. 6 city council agenda, but the council requested more time to consider the amendment.
Councilman Scott Freitag was the lone dissenting vote. He was not against extending the time, but thought that the times should coincide with the time of the year.
"I don't oppose going until 10:30 p.m. in the summer months," Freitag said. "I do think it's OK in the summer, but not in the winter."
Freitag had suggested an alternate plan that would start the time period at 10 p.m. every day except for certain occasions, when the time would be extended until 11 p.m.
Those occasions included the nights between June 26 and July 26, when the state allows the discharge of fireworks, as well as New Year's Eve and the night of the Chinese New Year celebration.
However, the rest of the council wanted to have a set time year-round.
"Simply for simplicity," said Councilman Barry Flitton.
Councilwoman Joyce Brown agreed, saying, "It will be easier for the residents and those who will enforce the law to have consistency."
Over the summer, city officials realized they were violating the ordinance during city-sponsored events and concerts in Layton Commons Park.
During Thursday's discussion, council members entertained the idea of starting the quiet period at 10 p.m., except for Freitag's suggested dates as well as city-sponsored events.
However they felt that doing so would give the appearance that the city could make rules for its own benefit, so the council members were opposed to allowing exceptions.