According to this article in the Farmington Independent, a recent grand opening party at the newly revamped Farmington Legion, now called Tailgaters, has raised residents NIMBY hackles and as a result the Council want to look into making sure these complaints stop through a noise ordinance.
From the article:
Council members got complaints both Friday and Saturday when outside events were held at Tailgaters as part of the new business’s grand opening celebration. Bands played outside both evenings.
Farmington police chief Brian Linquist said the police department received six to eight complaints on Friday, but by Tuesday morning, he had not seen any from Saturday’s event, which featured the 80s cover band Hairball. However, Farmington mayor Todd Larson received three email complaints and one phone call over the weekend, and council member Jason Bartholomay reported receiving 10 to 12 calls, as well.
The article provides no details on the hours the bands played or what time the calls came in but one has to wonder how many of them were after a reasonable hour. For a town which is quite desperate to attract customers to its town through a series of events, you would think the City Council would be a little less inclined to act over a theoretical max of 20 complaints out of 21,000+ residents.
The Farmington Independent provided an editorial on the subject which gave a cursory examination of the cost of ordinance development and enforcement. The conclusion was that it wouldn’t be terribly high cost but that because these sorts of events happen so infrequently in Farmington and with a City Council looking to cut costs, this may not be a really attractive option at this time. I have to agree. Yes, it could be done and has been done in other areas. But when the city is already struggling to attract new people to spend money within its borders, it’s definitely not worth the complaints of 0.09% of the population, is it? The sensible thing to do would be to have the police visit the place and tell them to cool it. No, there is no ordinance which can provide a pathway to fines and jail time but out of respect for the people around you, tone it done some, ok? Being that the Farmington PD received no complaints for Saturday it would appear that either Friday’s band was awful and people preferred Saturday or a few properly placed calls to the bar’s ownership/management got them to keep it a little more on the down-low.
What do you think about this one? Should Farmington spend the time creating an ordinance to resolve an issue which doesn’t happen all that often within the town’s limits and didn’t create complaints from many people? What hours do you think are appropriate for such events? Would you have called and when/why would you have? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on below.