Neighbors note noise from Hooligan’s

Council hears complaints about downtown bar; approves building permits

Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Once the dust had settled at city hall following bridge closure remonstrances from affected Soldotna merchants, some residents aired complaints about urban noise.

“We have a considerable amount of noise coming from Hooligan’s Bar,” said a resident, who identified himself as Jason Sores.

“I’m hoping we can get some kind of ordinance,” he told the Soldotna City Council.

Sores said he complained before about loud music — particularly bass — coming from the bar and was told it would stop, but it has not.

“They are very vulgar when we call,” he said.

City Manager Tom Boedeker said the city had not received any complaints in the past year and thought the situation had been resolved.

“We got no resolve a year ago and when we complained to the police we were told, with the current (noise) ordinance, they can do nothing,” Sores said.

Jeff Moran, who said he lives across the highway from Hooligan’s, said he cannot get any sleep while the music is playing.

“I’m very inconvenienced,” he said, and invited council members to his house to hear for themselves.

Sally Hoskins, owner of Sal’s Diner and Hooligan’s, was one of the merchants attending the council meeting to complain about planned bridge closures. Hoskins said the bar has a sound meter, which is checked “all the time.”

“Sometimes we cannot even get a register,” she said.

“I’m very concerned. I want to make everybody happy here,” Hoskins said.

Molly Mahurin-Blakeley, promotions manager for Hooligan’s, said the bar purchased soundproofing and a soundproof door in response to earlier complaints.

“We are concerned,” she said.

Council member Sharon Moock suggested Sores schedule an appointment to meet with Hoskins to resolve the issue.

“Mrs. Hoskins has been a very responsible business owner here for many years,” Moock said.

In other business:

· The council approved nine additional building permits requested by Terry Franke, builder of homes in the Westgate Subdivision at the end of Marydale Avenue.

Franke said three houses have been built already and he sought the permits so he could continue building during this construction season.

The request came as a special provision due to a platting delay at the Kenai Peninsula Borough level, which is not scheduled to be reviewed until late August, too late to begin building this year.

Franke’s request was approved unanimously.

· The council gave the OK to Boedeker to bring a temporary intern on board to help with administrative projects while the search for a full-time assistant city manager continues.

· Boedeker said the city also is searching for a new information systems manager, and told the council the Soldotna Creek Park riverbank has reopened for fishing following closure during construction of the elevated walkway from the park to Binkley Circle.

· Police Chief John Lucking Jr. told the council his department received a $79,000 federal pass-through grant for drug enforcement.

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