The owner of an entertainment complex who told the Rolla City Council he wants to give the town's young people something to do was given a couple of months by the council to end neighbors' complaints about noise.
"If I don't solve it in 45 days, I'll quit having concerts," said Josh Noe, operator of Fat Cats Entertainment Complex, 1100 E. Highway 72, at Monday night's council meeting.
Noe said he had been promoting concerts at his business - a combination restaurant, arcade, bar and indoor miniature golf course - to raise money to further develop his entertainment center located behind The Family Center.
The concerts by acoustic musicians and electric bands also raise money that Noe uses in the effort to soundproof his building.
The noise problem was brought to the attention of the full council during the "open citizen communication" segment near the end of the meeting when neighbor Jim Corey complained to the councilmen that they had let a bar come into his neighborhood, and a noisy one at that.
"They were rocking my windows," Corey claimed. "And I live 400 feet away."
A 20-year resident in that neighborhood, Corey said, "I don't want to see people outside drinking, which I have, and I don't want to see people out wandering around in the dark, which I have."
Corey said he has called Rolla police at least nine times, as well as council members, primarily Councilman Don Morris.
Noe also attended the meeting to describe the soundproofing steps he has taken. A sound expert has visited the entertainment complex to make recommendations. Noe said he will "100 percent" soundproof the building.
He explained that the complex, which has a full liquor license, is a family-oriented entertainment complex, and he wants to focus on the services to young people and children.
Already he provides birthday parties each week and hopes to grow that side of the business.
"I'm trying to do something for kids," said Noe. "I want everybody happy."
A Pulaski County radio broadcaster, Noe said he and one other employee do all the work.
"I've got two volunteers out there now," he said. "My parents are there so I could be here."
Noe acknowledged that there had been three cases of excessive noise. Often, though, police would arrive and not be able to hear noise any significant distance from the building. He described those instances as "false reports."
Councilman Tony Bahr suggested a 60-90 day reprieve to give Noe time to solve the noise problem. Councilman Morris said he wanted the problem solved so the phone calls to his home from neighbors would cease.
Ultimately, the council voted to give Noe until the first April meeting, which is April 1, to solve the problem.
Page 2 of 3 - Noe promised to stay in close contact with Corey in the interim.
In other business or discussion:
• Frank Furman, who has been serving as the council's representative on the University Extension Council told the council the council election will be held beginning Friday, and ballots are available online, at the Farm Bureau in Rolla, the Phelps County Bank in St. James and the Citizens Bank of Newburg in Doolittle.
Furman encouraged everyone to vote, saying that it has been a "long fight to get the election to be public."
• Councilwoman Sue Eudaly congratulated Mayor Bill Jenks III for winning the Edmund Ward Bishop Award at the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce banquet Saturday night.
• Councilman Bill Lindgren asked for a status update on his request that a portion of Highway 72 be renamed as a memorial highway in honor of the late Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, of Rolla., who died in a plane crash while campaigning for U.S. Senate.
City Administrator John Butz said the Missouri Department of Transportation referred the request to the office of Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Eighth Congressional District representative, who has resigned. Lindgren said he had hoped the renaming could be accomplished before he leaves office in April.
• Councilman Bahr quizzed Public Works Director Steve Hargis about the purchase of an Army surplus truck to haul gravel. Hargis said the gravel destroys the beds of the dump trucks.
• A public hearing was held on an ordinance to amend the sign code. No one attended to speak. The council heard first reading of the ordinance.
• An ordinance to approve the final plat of Blue's Lake Plat No. 10 was heard on first reading, then the rules were suspended and it was passed on final reading. Developer Jack Dietzmann submitted the plat, which includes a public street, as he continues to work on putting a nursing center on the shore of the lake.
• Also passed on final reading after the rules were suspended was an ordinance vacating easements in the Lot 1 Deer Crossing East Subdivision and Lot 8 La Chateau Place Subdivision.
• The council approved the recommendation from Finance Director Steffanie D. Rogers that US Bank be awarded the financing of a trackloader, street sweeper and a backhoe. Total amount to be financed is $340,521, and US Bank agreed to carry that note at 1.45 percent for five years. Annual payments will be $70,079.02.
• At Rogers' recommendation, the council approved a resolution to award the leasing of the fire truck to Municipal Leasing Consultants for $455,274 at 1.97 percent for a 10-year term.
• Mayor Jenks appointed Councilman Bahr to be the council's representative on the University Extension Council until Feb. 2015.
• Mayor Jenks reappointed Paul Stigall to the Planning and Zoning Commission until January 2017.
Page 3 of 3 - • The council met in closed session to discuss "real estate."