9/19/17 – Eighteen residents packed into yesterday’s Beaver Dam Administrative Committee meeting to lodge noise complaints against a lakefront tavern with an outdoor stage. Shaun Hilliard, who lives on Haskell Street across the bay from the Thirsty Beaver, told city officials last night that live music from the venue shakes the beams of his house every weekend. Hilliard presented a petition with 49 signatures asking the city to revisit their noise ordinance, which the group criticized as vague and subjective without specific benchmarks for noise levels and curfews. City Attorney Mary Ann Schacht says city policy governs noise levels and states that loud music at bars ends at 11pm. Schacht is expected to make a recommendation on any possible ordinance changes to the Administrative Committee at a future meeting. Owners of the Madison Street bar had no comment. The group of residents also had complaints about Lake Days and the weekly Jam At The Dam but because those events were not specifically listed on the agenda, comments were limited to the Thirsty Beaver.
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