Residents who live near a Canal Winchester brewery hope the city will strengthen its laws against excessive noise following numerous complaints about loud music coming from an outdoor patio at the business.
West Mound Street resident Daniel Kueper says live musical acts play three nights a week for several hours at Loose Rail Brewing Co., 37 W. Waterloo St.
"We can hear it with the windows both opened and closed," Kueper told Canal Winchester City Council members during their Sept. 18 meeting. "The bass reverberations can go on for three hours."
Matt Ahlstrom, who also lives on West Mound Street, said despite calls to the city and sheriff's office, the situation has not improved.
"Sadly, after 10 happy years living on Mound Street, my wife and I are considering moving," he said. "Most of us have given up and lost faith that the city is going to do anything."
Residents soon might have their concerns addressed through legislation.
According to Mayor Michael Ebert, City Law Director Gene Hollins is drafting a noise ordinance for City Council to consider. Hollins, an attorney with Frost Brown Todd LLC, could not be reached for comment.
"With the way the ordinances are written now, nothing is going to stick until we get something in writing," Ebert said. "But we have to remember that whatever is on the books will impact the entire town."
The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office, which handles law enforcement duties for the city, has received more than a half-dozen complaints, according to Ebert, who met with Loose Rail owners more than a month ago to discuss residents' concerns.
Loose Rail opened May 4 in an area zoned commercial. It operates out of an old brick industrial building that once was part of the town's long-gone electric rail line.
The business grew out of a collaboration with the Harvest Moon Craft Kitchen nearby, whose owners, Nathan and Kelley Doerfler, teamed up with Loose Rail's Jonathan Woodruff and Dennis Smalley.
No one associated with Loose Rail returned phone calls or emails requesting comment for this story.
While Canal Winchester does have a noise ordinance on the books, Councilwoman Bobbie Mershon said it refers more to loud vehicles or mufflers.
During a July 19 council meeting, Hollins said the Ohio Supreme Court and federal laws provide a disorderly conduct statute, but the city would first have to resolve the complaints without filing criminal charges.
The city also has a publicnuisance zoning code which states, "noise or vibration shall be so controlled that at the property line on which such noise or vibration is produced, it will not be at a level above that normally perceptible from other development activities in the area or from the usual street traffic observed at the street right-of-way line of the lot, except occasional blast or shock required in normal operation and produced in such manner as not to create a hazard."
The regulations do not mention decibel levels.
"We need to address the problem and take care of the citizens," Mershon said. "No citizen should have to hear bass music so their windows vibrate and they can't carry on a normal conversation."