In Aug. 27 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporter
The new Jamestown Center's live music on Saturday nights has come under scrutiny by at least one neighbor for being too loud and that neighbor has asked the city of Jamestown to adopt a noise ordinance to curb the music.
Speaking at this month's Jamestown City Council meeting, Bob Auth, who lives on North Main St. just across from the facility, told the council that the music from the live bands on Saturday nights from 8 p.m. until midnight were disturbing to both he and his wife.
"The noise is so loud that I can hear it in the house over the TV and over the (air conditioning) units I have in the windows," Auth said. "The bass is what I'm complaining about."
Auth said he has contacted the Jamestown Police Department several times the last two weeks to ask them if they could do anything about the music. He also said he had talked with the owner of the Jamestown Center, Jamestown businessman George Alford, and that the music was turned down for a time before becoming loud again.
Jamestown Police Chief Derek Polston said Lt. Tony King and Sgt. Jeff Kerns had both responded to
Auth's calls and documented that information in their log books.
Polston said King and Kerns both had documented that they believed the music was not too loud.
In another instance, Auth had called and Lt. Tracy Irvin had twice advised dispatch to call the center and told them to turn the music down.
Polston said he had visited the Jamestown Center himself and that at the times he had visited the music was not too loud.
Mayor Brooks Bates said the complaint from the Auth residence had been the lone complaint about the Jamestown Center that the city has gotten.
The mayor advised the police department to speak with other residents that live close to the building to see if they, too, have complaints about the music on Saturday nights.
"We'll see if it is a collective thing or an individual thing," Bates said.
The council then told Auth they would get back with him on the issue in the coming days.
In other happenings at the meeting:
• Derek Polston, who has been acting chief of police for several months, was unanimously named chief of police by Mayor Bates with no discussion from the council.
Polston, an 18-year law enforcement veteran, took over after the retirement of former Chief Mike Keaton. The new chief began his policing career in 1991 as a deputy under current Sheriff Larry Bennett.
Polston later worked for the Russell Springs Police Department for a time before joining the Jamestown Police Department four years ago.
• Public Works Director Ottis Skaggs said the new Jamestown Water Plant was at 95 percent completion.
He said the EPA had granted the request to go from producing 4.6 million gallons of water a day to 6 million gallons a day.
Skaggs also said the plant had received a pontoon work barge though intake grant monies.
"It looks like the water plant will be completed here in about another month," he said. The mayor said , when completed, the plant would have a dedication ceremony.
• Bates announced that two new basketball goals had been installed at the Jamestown City Park.
"I think the park looks the best it has in years," he said.