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Owera Vineyards proposes permanent events building to planning board

— Faced with mounting neighborhood complaints and pending legal action for noise violations from the town, the owners of Owera Vineyards on East Lake Road last week presented a proposal to the town planning board to build a permanent events building on the winery land to replace the temporary tent structure currently in place.

“The idea of our design … would be to reduce the noise,” Joanne Gagliano, landscape architect for Owera Vineyards, told member of the town planning board at their Oct. 3 meeting.

The noise levels at Owera from its weekend events have been an issue with the neighbors since the winery opened in June and with the town since the town board addressed the neighbors’ complaints at its regular August meeting. Under the site plan for the winery approved by the town planning board, all outdoor events at Owera are required to either end or be held inside a building after 10 p.m. specifically to address the issue of noise bothering its neighbors. Owera has been allowing its weddings and special events to go until 11 p.m., and, according to neighbors, sometimes until 1 a.m., in its non-permanent events tent, which has vinyl flaps that can be rolled up and down. The winery maintains that the tent is a structure and therefore their weddings inside the tent can go as long as they want.

In mid-September, Town Codes Enforcement Officer Roger Cook issued a town zoning law violation to the winery for its excessive noise levels after 10 p.m. In the three weeks since then, the winery has continued to hold events past 10 p.m. and the town is currently preparing to issue a court summons to Muserlian for his continued violation, Cook said.

At the Sept. 8 town board meeting, Muserlian announced his plans to build a permanent event building in an effort to reduce the noise being heard beyond the winery’s grounds.

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