Several Newstead residents living near Braun’s Concert Cove urged the Town Board on Monday night to forgo issuing special-event permits until proposed amendments to the Special Events Law are passed.
Braun’s has been at the center of controversy in the town over the noise emanating from concerts held there. Residents living near the venue say it’s too loud, while others in the town appreciate the economic value Braun’s brings to Newstead.
A public hearing on the amendments to the Special Events Law, which in part look to address the noise issue, was held at the last Town Board meeting Nov. 11.
Since then, the board hasn’t discussed the law, Supervisor David Cummings said during the public comment period of the board meeting Monday night.
“We’re considering all of the information we have and reviewing it over the next four to six weeks to come up with something,” Cummings said.
Quarry Hill resident Linda Jackson, who lives behind Braun’s, proposed the idea of holding off on the permits.
“Could you promise us that no permits will be issued until the law is changed?” she asked.
Jackson thought the law would be discussed at the meeting Monday night, she said.
“That brings us into January,” she said. “That means that in 2014 they can go for their permits. Promise us that there will be no permits issued to Braun’s until after the law has been made. If you can make that promise, you can take your six weeks, and we won’t harass you.”
Cummings said the board wouldn’t be making a decision like that at the meeting.
“Why can’t you guys answer yes or no?” Jackson asked.
The town could place a moratorium on special-event permits for a period of time, but it would need to pass a local law to do so, said Town Attorney Nathaniel Neill.
“The board needs to agree to do it,” he said.
If the board does decide to place a moratorium on giving out special-event permits, it will happen at an upcoming meeting, Cummings said.
“We’re not going to make any decision tonight,” he said. “We’re going to go into a work session and find out what the board wants to do.”
In other board news, Carl Klingenschmitt, chairman of the Conservation Advisory Council said there could be an issue in the town with an ash tree disease known as Ash Yellows.
“The disease, on trees, is 100 percent fatal,” he said.
There is some hope that the disease may be able to be treated, but there is no evidence to support that it can be, Klingenschmitt said.