EAST WENATCHEE — The City Council here will hold a public discussion Tuesday on a petition from homeowners who’ve asked the city to enforce its noise ordinance on late-night activities, including the annual Relay for Life, an all-night cancer fundraiser.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the East Wenatchee City Hall.
A group of 13 homeowners near Eastmont High School, the site of the Relay event, presented the petition last month in hopes of curtailing the all-night fundraising event between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
The group says the petition follows two years of complaints to the school district and police department over bright stadium lights and amplified voices, crowd noise, music and singing. The city’s noise ordinance limits amplified sounds during late-night hours, they say.
“We do not in any way oppose the Relay for Life and its philosophy,” said homeowner Timothy Finnigan, a signer of the petition. “It’s the crowd size and all-night activities that disturb us.”
Organizers said that Relay for Life, one of the area’s largest fundraising events, raised over $163,200 in June for the American Cancer Society. More than 780 walkers on 61 relay teams participated in the event.
Since 2000, the event has raised more than $1.4 million for cancer research, said spokeswoman Marcia Maloney. “The whole point is to stay awake through the night,” she said, “because cancer never sleeps for the people who suffer from it.”