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City approves several noise variances

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City also approves second reading of parking ordinance

By Stephen Lega

The Lebanon City Council approved noise variances for Lebanon Baptist Church, Joe's Deli on Main, McB's, Chaser's, the Generation Gap and John Cowherd during a meeting Monday, Aug. 8.

Most, but not all, of the variances were for Ham Days weekend.

Joe's Deli and McB's received noise variances from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 24 and from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 25.

Chaser's received a noise variance from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 23 and 24. The city also agreed to block traffic on North Proctor Knott Avenue from ML King to Main Street during Ham Days weekend.

The Generation Gap requested two noise variances. The first is for Labor Day weekend, when it hosts its annual Block Party, from noon to 1 a.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 2-4. To go along with that request, the city also agreed to block off ML King starting at Proctor Knott Avenue and moving toward the downtown pavilion.

Junior Adams of the Generation Gap said they did not want to block off the entire street since they know Willie A's needs parking for its customers.

The Generation Gap also received a noise variance from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 23 and from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 24.

The city approved a request by Lebanon Baptist Church to close a portion of North Depot Street from 3 to 9 p.m. Aug. 20 for its Youth Explosion. The city also approved a noise variance from 3 to 7 p.m. for the church for that day.

The city also approved a noise variance request from John Cowherd from 5 p.m. to midnight for an event at Centre Square as a fund-raiser for an AAU team. Likewise, the city approved a request for temporary ABC license for that day.

Lisa Kearnes was at the meeting to request a noise variance for WLSK's Battle of the Bands Friday, Sept. 23. When that item came up, City Administrator John O. Thomas said Brad Mattingly had requested a noise variance last month for Ham Days weekend, and he thought the Battle of the Bands was covered.

Mattingly's request last month was for the Ham Jam, which is Saturday, Sept. 24.

City approves second reading of parking ordinance

Monday night, the city council unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance prohibiting parking within 25 feet of the intersection of North Street and West High Street.

The council also voted to prohibit parking on the north side of ML King starting at Spalding Avenue and moving 300 feet toward Harrison Street. The purpose of this prohibition is to allow traffic flow on the road between the David R. Hourigan Government Building and the Marion County Judicial Center, which opened Monday.