For the past two years, Thomas Lefchik has been calling Gahanna police about noise from a local establishment called The Pub.

For the past two years, Thomas Lefchik has been calling Gahanna police about noise from a local establishment called The Pub.

Though his home on Rugby Lane is not directly beside The Pub, Lefchik claims the sound from The Pub's music travels across Mifflin Cemetery and into his home.

"It's an unusual situation in that the music is very specific to certain locations," Lefchik said. "There's nothing between us and The Pub, other than some tombstones."

He said he's walked by apartments closer to The Pub when the music is playing: Some can hear the music and some can't. The wave pattern he hears, however, is loud and clear and he wants it to end.

Lefchik circulated a petition against the noise level and presented it to Gahanna City Council in August and the noise quieted down. This summer, he said, the noise has returned.

That's when he began calling police again.

Gahanna Police Lt. Dan Williams, who is in charge of the patrol bureau, confirmed that officers have visited The Pub several times on noise complaints. Gahanna has a noise ordinance in place, but Williams said opinions differed on how to interpret the noise level.

Lefchik was interpreting the ordinance to state that the land receiving the noise, stated in the ordinance as the "receiving land," was in a residential district. If his interpretation is accurate, then the noise levels were above maximum levels for 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The maximum noise level allowed decreases after 10 p.m.

Williams said The Pub is in a commercial district, which means the land around it is commercial and the requirements are different. Using their calculations, The Pub was not in violation of the ordinance.

"There was some confusion in the interpretation of the ordinance," Williams said. "There's never been a time they (The Pub) were not very willing to lower the volume."

Because the confusion seemed to center on interpretation of the ordinance, Williams said, The Pub owners have agreed to interpret the ordinance in Lefchik's favor.

"The Pub also has purchased its own sound meter so they can self-regulate," Williams said.

Pub manager Kelli Crabtree said the meter would be programmed the same as the city's so she would be able to use the meter in the parking lot while an officer is using the city's meter in the cemetery. Comparing the two readings, Crabtree will know what levels of noise are acceptable to keep The Pub within city regulations.

"We're trying to do everything we can to be within every regulation," she said.

According to the city's ordinance, noise levels may not exceed 65 decibels before 10 p.m. and music must be stopped by 11 p.m.

Lefchik could not say whether he thinks the problem has been solved.

"They seem to be willing to cooperate, and they have a new manager who's very willing to be a good neighbor," he said.

Williams said the city's leadership should review its noise ordinance to see if it could modify language and make it easier to interpret.

The noise ordinance has been enforced at several other local establishments in the past. Williams said each time a new place opens and hosts music, the department receives phone calls.

"People aren't used to hearing it," he said. "We don't want the residents to be disturbed, but we can't ask the businesses not to have any music. But the music has to be within the guidelines."

lwince@thisweeknews.com