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June 7, 2014

Noise request heard

Council to consider regulating Lube levels

SHARON — Sharon council will try to renew an agreement it had with the state Liquor Control Board for the city to regulate noise on the grounds of Quaker Steak & Lube instead of the state agency.

A similar agreement put in place in 2003 has lapsed, and the Lube asked the city to seek its renewal, City Manager Scott Andrejchak told council members Thursday.

In addition to enforcing liquor laws, the LCB has authority to investigate complaints about noise. The standard can be as strict as prohibiting the sound of a band from being heard outside a bar. Such a standard could fail to take into account the size of the Lube’s property and the number of popular outdoor events the business sponsors on its grounds.

Events such Bike Night, Sharon Blues Fest, Lube-A-Palooza, Pennsyltucky Olympics and Yachts of Fun Family Festival draw people to tents set up along the Shenango River, and the former agreement worked out well for all concerned, Andrejchak said.

“It’s unrealistic to say that all of the Lube’s activities could be contained indoors. They have a large property, and they want to use it for their business,” he said. “The events they hold on the grounds have never been a problem for the city and I’ve never had a noise complaint.”

The city did have a problem with the Small Ships Revue because of problems it caused throughout the downtown area. That led to council’s decision last month not to support that event any longer.

Sharon police will be responsible for enforcing the city’s noise ordinance, and Andrejchak said they’ll be taking the restaurant’s location into account.

“We’re not talking about a residential neighborhood. The business is downtown, and it has traditionally been a place for people to gather over the years,” he said.

Andrejchak said council solicitor Bill Madden would write an ordinance for council to vote on June 19. The ordinance and a resolution in support of it would be part of the city’s petition asking the agency to renew the former agreement.

The city will be recommending a two-year agreement, but the liquor board will decide how long it should be, Andrejchak said.

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