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March 12, 2014

Bar owners look for help to avoid noise complaints

WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP — Dan and Michelle Perrine, owners of JD’s Taphouse on Baldwin Street, approached supervisors at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night asking for assistance resolving a recurrent noise complaint.

Michelle Perrine claimed a single individual lodged multiple, anonymous, online complaints to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which subsequently sent her and her husband letters every weekend from August to late January, she said. The Perrines were joined by more than 20 supporters, several of which represented local and state agencies and spoke on their behalf.

Supervisor Chairman Bill Rosenberger said the Perrines previously submitted a PLCB-approved form to the township, asking supervisors to take on local enforcement responsibilities in lieu of the PLCB.

West Mead Township has no noise ordinance, but the PLCB generally requires licensees to disallow noise and music beyond their property lines.

Rosenberger said the supervisors previously declined the Perrine’s request to take over enforcement responsibilities, not wanting to incur an increase in liability.

The Perrines and their supporters urged supervisors to reconsider the form, based on the community service and charitable fundraisers performed through JD’s Taphouse regularly, they said.

Supervisors agreed the Perrines’ integrity wasn’t in question and requested they exhaust every potential solution to resolve the issue themselves.

Michelle Perrine expressed her fear that the undisclosed party complaining has done so to attack the business and would not work to resolve the issue.

The business owners also expressed concern at the possibility of their business reputation being ruined unfairly by the frequency of the complaints, which they believe are unreasonable.

Rosenberger told the public that supervisors would revisit the possibility of accruing PLCB enforcement responsibilities within their township.

Konstantine Fekos can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kfekos@meadvilletribune.com.

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