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Owera neighbors, owners spar over noise and lights at town board meeting

Town reveals it has issued two codes violations to vineyard

— Neighbors have been complaining to the town — and calling the police — every weekend weddings have been held to get the volume of the music to be lowered and to have it stop at a more reasonable hour. The town board discussed the issue at length during its Aug. 12 regular meeting, and last week the neighbors submitted a petition signed by 35 homeowners — the majority on East Lake Road — to the board calling for the situation to be addressed.

During the Sept. 8 meeting, Clement, who submitted a written statement to the board and was the first neighbor to speak at the meeting, accused Owera owners Peter and Nancy Muserlian of “lying” to state troopers and county sheriff’s deputies who have been called to the neighborhood for excessive noise by telling them that the winery either has a permit for the music to go past 10 p.m., does not need a permit to go past 10 p.m. or they “have an agreement” with Town Code Enforcement Officer Roger Cook to allow them to go past 10 pm. Other East Lake Road neighbors repeated these claims.

Cook told the Cazenovia Republican there never was and is no “agreement” between him and Owera about allowing the event music to go past 10 p.m. His position with Owera, he said, is that they know what their hours of operation are and what can happen if they are not followed.

The state police public information office did not respond to calls seeking clarification or comment.

Neither of the Muserlians, who both spoke during the town board meeting, responded to Clement’s accusations.

Peter Muserlian, who made a statement to the board, said to Clements, “I understand your concern and we have the same concerns … I feel badly about this … we’re looking to be compliant for next year.” Muserlian said that he plans to build a permanent structure next year to replace the tent, although it will “look like a tent.” He said that when they went through the planning board process to create the vineyard nobody at the time realized there would be this noise issue. “This never got brought up at the planning board level,” he said.

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