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Grafton Twp. rewrites noise ordinance

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GRAFTON TWP. — Township trustees Tuesday night amended the noise resolution it passed last year in hopes it will enable sheriff’s deputies to more effectively write citations for violation of the resolution.

While the trustees passed the changes, they made it clear they are still working with The Jailhouse Taverne in hopes of reaching a compromise on noise levels for the bar and restaurant’s outdoor concerts.

The trustees rescinded the ordinance that was passed last summer, and then unanimously adopted a new resolution with updated language that would leave managers and assistant managers liable to be cited with violations of the resolution.

People representing The Jailhouse Taverne were in attendance at the meeting, including manager Mike Roth, who asked the trustees if they felt the meeting between the two sides on May 6 for trial run of the changes made by ownership of the Jailhouse had been beneficial.

Township Trustee Carl Wesemeyer said he and fellow Trustee Christie Homer-Miller drove around to homes in the township to see what volume levels were like during the performance.

“We went to four different places,” Wesemeyer said. “At three of them, it (the volume) was very, very low. We could hear some music, just a bit of the drum beat. One of the residences we went it was definitely louder, but the lawnmower across the street was louder than the music, so we really can’t complain about that.”

Wesemeyer said he did receive some calls from residents saying the music was too loud. One such call came from Dellwood Road that Wesemeyer said he received as he was leaving The Jailhouse Taverne.

Wesemeyer said he and Trustee Jean Haight drove down to Dellwood immediately after receiving the call, but didn’t notice any difference in the noise level.

“If a deputy had been called down there for that same complaint, I’m sure he would not have written you up,” Wesemeyer told Roth. “As long as the music is at a reasonable volume, I don’t think the sheriff is going to write that complaint.”

The trustees reiterated the noise resolution was passed to enable the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office to act as a third party in disputes between residents and either businesses or other residents about whether noise is too loud. The trustees said they believe The Jailhouse Taverne is making changes to try to work better with residents.

“Even if a resident called The Jailhouse Taverne and said, ‘It’s a little loud here today,’ I think they’ve put some new guidelines to the staff that they’re more open to do something about it,” Homer-Miller said.

Roth also told the trustees he would be happy to give them his cell phone number so they could call him if they receive complaints from residents about noise levels.

“I’ll make a phone call to the restaurant if that happens,” Roth said.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 440-329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.


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