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Posted on: July 18, 2021

Sound test set for July 21 evening

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Consultants will conduct sound testing on Wednesday evening, July 21, from Brushy Creek Amphitheater in Hutto. The purpose is to enable them to make recommendations to Hutto City Council on sound mitigation strategies. It’s possible that properties in Hutto and the surrounding area will feel some vibrations and/or hear some music during this testing, from about 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The City invites all interested residents of Hutto and the surrounding area to provide written feedback on what they hear and feel during the July 21 testing, using this form. The researchers conducting the sound study would like as many people as possible to participate from Hutto, northern Pflugerville, Wells Branch, and the surrounding area. Here's what you need to know:

  • Read the feedback form before Wednesday evening, so you know what info is needed. 
  • The test runs 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., to simulate the conditions when concerts are typically held. But you don’t need to be available for that entire 2-hour timeframe. As you’ll see on the form, you can provide feedback for as little as 20 minutes, and up to two hours. 
  • Turn in your completed form by this weekend…no later than Sunday 7/25. There are a few ways to do this:
    • PAPERLESS: Since it is a fillable form, the easiest option is to type your responses directly onto the form, save the completed form to your computer/device, and email it to this email address:
    • PRINTED: If you prefer, you can print out the blank form, hand-write your responses, and either drop off the completed form to Hutto City Hall (500 W. Live Oak St) or take a picture and email us the picture (using the same email address).
  • The researchers will only be able to include public feedback from the form in their analysis … not social media, emails without a form, etc. 

The City has also identified a few volunteers to have a sound monitoring device placed on their property during the testing. If you'd like to participate in this part of the test, please email by end-of-day Tuesday, July 20.

The sound study is necessary partly due to a concert earlier this year at the amphitheater by a major national performer that utilized heavier, stronger bass than most performances there. Hutto leadership is exploring what steps can be taken to help reduce or prevent similar issues in the future.

A basic status report on the sound study will be provided to Hutto City Council at the Council’s meeting on Thursday, August 5. Specific recommendations and cost estimates will be presented at a Council meeting in September or October. 

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