Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:14
Town would restrict venues to eight outdoor performances in a year
Away from the passions of disturbed neighbors and entertainment-hungry bar patrons, the Town of Fredonia Plan Commission has drafted an ordinance that would regulate outdoor musical performances.
The issue came to a head early last summer, when neighbors complained to town officials about the volume of outdoor musical acts at the Little Kohler Haus bar and restaurant.
During the debate, a contingent of neighbors said outdoor music was disturbing the area throughout the summer. Supporters said the performances provided an entertainment venue that is lacking the the community.
Since that time, town officials have wrestled with ways to support the local business without aggravating neighbors.
After several revisions, the Plan Commission has recommended an amended ordinance on regulating outdoor music.
The ordinance changes were presented to the Town Board last week. Board action will come following an April 9 public hearing.
The wording recommended by the commission would require businesses to secure a permit for each outdoor music performance, with a limit of eight per year.
Performances with a permit would only be allowed from noon to 11 p.m. Permits would have to be secured at least 14 days prior to any scheduled event.
Future permits may be revoked if the town verifies complaints submitted in writing against a business are upheld.
Supr. Chris Janik, a member of the commission, said the proposed ordinance was intended as a compromise to address the concerns of everyone affected by the outdoor performance issue.
“I don’t think the Town Board should be involved in issuing the permits. We are setting up a permit system,” Janik said.
Asked why the ordinance calls for a limit of eight performances, he said it was an attempt to offer something to everyone.
“There was a roomful of neighbors upset that there was live music going on three nights a week for an entire summer. The number was just a sense of what would be acceptable,” Janik said.
Officials said the permit system could be in place this summer if the Town Board approves the ordinance next month.