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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

— Town planning board records show, however, that the board discussed the specific issue of special event noise and music and its effect on neighbors at its Jan. 6, Feb. 3 and March 3 meetings and public hearings. During those meetings, both neighbors and planning board members expressed concerns about the possibility of excessive noise levels and the winery becoming a “concert venue.” The board also received five letters in February and March 2011 solely expressing concern over the possibility of excessive noise created by winery weddings and special events.

As for the lighting issue, Muserlian said they had ordered new light fixtures that will create dimmer lighting, and they will install timers on the lights so they will shut off 30 minutes after the end of every event — which would be 11:30 p.m., he said — and on Monday and Tuesday nights when the winery is closed, there will be no lights on at all.

“It is a problem and we don’t want to cause a problem,” he said. “We’re very quiet people and we’re doing everything we can.”

Multiple neighbors then stood up and specified their numerous complaints to the board.

Deb Shephard Moynihan, who lives on Owera Point Drive, spoke about the noise and lights, and said her daughter comes to her crying at 11 p.m. on weekend nights because she can’t sleep due to the loud music. She also said a family with two special needs children recently moved out their East Lake Road house because their children got so upset due to the noise they could not sleep.

“There is no intention [by the board] to try to work on this. It is the job of the board to enforce the regulations in place … You took an oath when you took this job,” Moynhian said. “We cannot sleep, and what we’re hearing from the board is nothing. Enforce the regulations. I have to abide by them. I don’t understand why you are not holding a business to the same standard.”

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