Sometimes, the noise is too much when your home is near a business.
Local residents are trying to get some peace and quiet in their homes, which happen to be near what they consider a particularly noisy business.
Coun. Dawn Luhning proposed that city administration prepare a report to re-evaluate the issuing of a business license, in those cases where there are any neighbouring residences that might be affected. She spoke with a resident of one of the affected businesses.
“In this particular building, and of course in any citizen’s home, the residents have a right to peace and quiet at all instances in the evenings,” she said. “It should also be noted that the residences were in existence before the businesses moved in.”
The residences and the business are in conflict right now.
“The situation is much more of an issue to the residences than it is to the business,” said Luhning. “The five residences are feeling the brunt of the evening operation of the business, with loud music and bass pounding throughout the building at least three to four times a week.”
The noise bylaw doesn’t cover the situation, said city manager Jim Puffalt.
“(It’s) residential in downtown commercial,” he said. “So that’s part of the issue we’re trying to navigate our way through.”
Mayor Fraser Tolmie said peoples’ ability to find peace and quiet in their homes needs to be protected.
“And we also need to be a community that has mutual respect for each other, and I believe we can do this,” Tolmie said.
City administration will prepare a report on the matter and will report back to council at a later date.