Topics: Noise

ORLEANS – As the select board continues to look at ways to improve upon its existing noise bylaw, the board opted against removing a clause from the bylaw exempting establishments with liquor licenses. Town Administrator John Kelly said there has been discussion amongst the board about removing the clause and suggested an article could be drafted seeking to remove it for the special town meeting in October. Bu...

ORLEANS – Local officials hope a new outdoor entertainment license application will help the town steer clear of the complaints and confusion that frustrated some businesses and residents last year. The board's decision last spring to allow live outdoor music at the Barley Neck Inn led to a dispute between the Beach Road restaurant and some abutters who complained about noise and parking problems at the establ...

ORLEANS -- "Tell us what the rules are, and we'll enforce them." That was the message Dec. 8 from Police Chief Scott MacDonald to the select board, which continues to work toward finding a happy medium between allowing outdoor entertainment and respecting the rights of abutters to the businesses that host it. The issue of outdoor entertainment has become a sticky one in town. The select board in March voted...

ORLEANS – "This is going to be a challenge," John Kelly told the select board Oct. 13. The town administrator was referring to the trouble town officials have run into drafting regulations for outdoor entertainment licensing, specifically regarding live music. Neighbors of the Barley Neck Inn on Beach Road have pushed back on the select board's vote in March to permit the restaurant to offer outdoor live mu...

ORLEANS - Despite noise and parking complaints from some abutters, the select board will not amend the Barley Neck Inn’s existing license authorizing outdoor music this season. Failing to find a way to properly define what does and does not constitute “amplified” music, the select board on Aug. 11 instead opted to allow the inn to operate as permitted through Sept. 19. The inn’s license allows for outdoor m...