Marijo Hunihan heard music to her ears last week when the Planning and Zoning Board looked favorably upon her application to operate children's music classes from her Milford home.
Concern about the noise that could be made by young students playing instruments late at night was quickly put to rest when, in a moment of levity, Hunihan assured the board that, “My clients go to sleep at seven.”
As a contracted music teacher with schools in New Haven and Fairfield counties, Hunihan discussed her years of experience teaching music to children, noting that the instruments used in her home classes would be “specifically designed for children” like shakers and small tambourines, not loud instruments like electric guitars or a full drum kit.
Board members then turned their attention to parking on Hunihan's street. “How many people [will be] on the property at any given time?” board member Daniel F. Rindos asked.
“Six,” Hunihan explained.
When Board member Jeanne Cervin asked to clarify if this meant there would be no more than six cars picking up or dropping off children at any given time, Hunihan said that at most there would be four cars in the driveway and two in the street.
"There’s a lot of space,” she added.
Hunihan was approved for a year long trial for her children’s music education home business. In twelve months, she will meet with a representative of the Planning & Zoning Division to discuss how her first year with a home business has proceeded.