Discussion regarding noise complaints from the Pour House in Wyoming were addressed at the May Wyoming City Council meeting. There have been a few complaints regarding the nights that bands play at the bar. Police Chief Steve Sloan said that he parked at the Dollar General store and it was somewhat loud and when he parked at Wyoming Monument, he said the sound was muffled, but not bad. The residents in the houses to the south of the bar have been contacted and have not had any problems with the noise from the bands, but a resident to the north of the bar has. Ratcliff said that he already cuts the bands off an hour earlier than they would normally play (ending at midnight instead of 1 a.m.) and he does what he can to keep the noise contained. Ratcliff was open to suggestions and wants to work with the city to do what he can. One suggestion was the installation of a sound barrier type of privacy fence. This will be investigated along with other options and reported back to the council next month.
The council also approved spending up to $200 for Sloan to purchase a decibel reader so that testing can be done on the current noise levels and then tested again after any noise barriers are in place.
Ratcliff also discussed with the council the options for a beer garden, in particular since smokers have to go outside to smoke. While he said it would be nice to have, he doesn’t want to make the investment without solving the sound issue first and clarifying the smoking regulations for a beer garden. Some were concerned that voices would then become an issue. It was noted during the meeting that tax receipts were up in part because of the increase in business that the bar has had since moving to its new location in the former Pizza Hut building.
Denny Rewerts, director of the Stark County Economic Development Partnership, gave his monthly report to the council reporting that Doug Haffner won the fast pitch contest that the Partnership put on along with other organizations in Henry County. The Partnership also has been working with ActOnEnergy to analyze cost reductions and incentives for businesses. In particular, they did a review of the grocery stores in Wyoming and Toulon to analyze the cost vs. savings on improvements. He also reported that they have been working with the DCEO on financing assistance plans for businesses.
Judd Giffin gave the engineer report saying that the sidewalks are pretty much done except railings. He reported that he had checked with IDOT and they do not have any specs for the railings and don’t need to inspect the plans. Motor Fuel receipts will pay for finishing the 4th Street and Olive Street blacktopping and spray patching will be used where needed.
Street Department Superintendent Joe Beck informed the council that the four-horse playground equipment was broke and is at the shop awaiting repair, with parts having been ordered. The handicapped and 30 minute parking signs will be reinstalled now that the sidewalk project is complete and the part time summer help will be starting the day after Memorial Day.
Chief Sloan gave the council information on the purchase of a 2012 Tahoe for the police department. The total price would be $29,241 which the council approved. Sloan also suggested updates to the ordinance for part-time police officers, which was approved by the Council.
Pin Oak Apartments has paid their current water billings with the May bill still due. The owner of the apartments had fallen behind on payments to the city which had resulted in a notice of possible disconnection and thus a court issued a temporary restraining order to stop the city from disconnecting residents.