Sour grapes in NOTL over winery concerts
Outdoor music events are hitting the wrong notes with area residents
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.”