Sour grapes in NOTL over win­ery con­certs

Out­door mu­sic events are hit­ting the wrong notes with area res­i­dents

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - News - SUZANNE MA­SON

Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake staff will be look­ing into how to im­prove en­force­ment of the town’s noise by­law for out­door events at winer­ies and other com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments that ap­ply for per­mits for th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties.

A mo­tion by Coun. Betty Dis­ero was ap­proved Mon­day that staff re­view and re­port to coun­cil how noise from events that dis­turb res­i­dents could be better reg­u­lated.

“Both sides are un­happy,” said Lord Mayor Pat Darte, re­gard­ing res­i­dents an­noyed about noise and busi­ness own­ers who get com­plaints “from the same peo­ple over and over.”

“How many deci­bels are OK?” he asked.

Coun. Jim Col­lard said that with the new Po­lice Act, of­fi­cers will not be en­forc­ing mu­nic­i­pal by­laws.

“We don’t have (by­law) peo­ple work­ing 24-7,” he said, not­ing an en­force­ment re­view could be ex­pen­sive for the town.

Com­mu­nity and de­vel­op­ment ser­vices di­rec­tor Craig Lar­mour said a new by­law su­per­vi­sor has re­cently been hired and is look­ing at better en­force­ment poli­cies to dis­cuss with coun­cil.

Coun. Jamie King voted against the mo­tion say­ing that it could dis­tract coun­cil from other busi­ness at hand and sug­gested that it be tabled for fur­ther dis­cus­sion by staff.

“I see this as be­ing a very sig­nif­i­cant ef­fort,” he said. “I think we’re open­ing a can of worms.”

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