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Noise complaints trigger public hearing for B-Man’s Tavern

by Lex Thomas

Police Chief Gary Chamberland reported to selectmen on July 16 that seven complaints have been received pertaining to noise from motorcycles and loud music at B-Man’s Tavern on Route 140. Police have visited the establishment four times since June 4. Two visits occurred on consecutive Saturday evenings in June, as late as 11:54 p.m.

“It’s apparent that the management has changed the hours of entertainment,” said Chamberland. “Where they used to cease at 8 p.m., they now play until past midnight.”

Chamberland stated that there is sufficient cause for the town to hold a public hearing to determine whether violations warrant a change to the tavern’s entertainment license.

“I submit to you that through police reports, observation, and testimonies from officers and others, there is sufficient cause to show that this license holder has adversely affected public order, and that restrictions should be placed on that entertainment license,” he said.

A public hearing will take place on July 30 at 7:15 p.m. in room 205 of the Butterick Municipal Building.

 

Restriction set for watering days

Sterling water customers who water their lawns and gardens are asked to use a sprinkler or irrigation system on odd or even numbered days, determined by house number. Properties with even numbered street addresses will be allowed to use irrigation systems and sprinklers on even calendar days, and properties with odd numbered street addresses will be allowed to use irrigation systems and sprinklers on odd calendar days. The use of sprinklers, automatic or other, is prohibited between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on all days.

These measures are necessary because Sterling is overdrawing its water permit limits. Every 20 years the state sets a withdrawal limit for public water suppliers. In 1995, Sterling’s limit was set at 219 million gallons per year, equivalent to 600,000 gallons per day. The permit stipulates measures that must be taken when the limit is exceeded. In 2018, Sterling will receive a new permit, with an anticipated limit increase of only 5 percent. In recent years, Sterling has exceeded its limit and, at the current rate of consumption, will continue to exceed the limit, even with the anticipated increase. State laws that are expected to be approved and signed by the governor will result in increased charges for overdrawing the limit, which will affect all ratepayers. Only water usage for nonessential purposes, such as lawn watering, can be controlled. If Sterling continues to overdraw the water permit limit, these state mandated costs will be out of our control.