MINER - Complaints of booming bass from J.D.'s Saloon were brought once again to the Miner Board of Alderman during their regular session Tuesday.
Mark Hinton of the Hinton RV Park said there is an ongoing disturbance from J.D.'s nightclub on weekend nights. "All we hear is 'thump, thump, thump, thump, thump,'" he said.
Hinton said he is concerned that it may now be affecting the city's tourism tax as his customers may decide to stay elsewhere next time "because they had a bad experience here."
"I need some aggressive help," Hinton said. "Help me aggressively solve this ongoing problem."
Police Chief Roger Moore said his department responds to noise complaints at J.D.'s at least twice per month and sometimes every weekend. After a warning, the club generally turns it down for about a half hour and then turns it back up, Moore said.
"We've discussed this (problem) before," said Mitch Thompson, Ward 1 alderman.
"We could refuse to give them a (liquor) license," suggested Betty Barnes, Ward 2 alderman, and asked Benny Thurston, fire division chief and code enforcement officer, about J.D.'s compliance.
"They've complied with everything I've asked of them regarding code enforcement," Thurston said.
Moore said his department will start writing summons, "but once it goes to the court it's out of our hands," he said, recalling a case that did go to court: "Basically, it was thrown out."
Hinton said the bar's owner will without doubt use stalling tactics. "He's very good at it," Hinton said.
"Their license is on the line, according to me," Barnes said. "You need to tell them that very clearly." She suggested they turn it down or install sound insulation.
Hinton said he doesn't expect them to turn it down as they have a history of not being considerate of neighbors.
Barnes said the city needs to give J.D.'s a chance to come into compliance with their wishes. "They've been here a long time," she said.
In other business conducted by the Board Tuesday:
* Thurston advised ISO inspectors will check the fire department's trucks Monday and water hydrant system Tuesday.
Miner presently has an ISO rating of 7, according to Thurston, "and I hope we come down to a 6."
* The Board approved the purchase of two batteries at $93 each for the city's tornado siren.
Thurston advised board members that both batteries are dead and can not be recharged
Asked why the current batteries had such a short lifespan, Thurston explained "we need a better battery," and recommended the $93 type approved by the Board.
Thurston also said he is going to have the siren's charging system inspected.
* Moore advised the Board the warranty on his department's armor vests will expire this fall, potentially creating liabilities for the city.
Barnes asked for confirmation that workman's compensation insurance may not pay on incidents involving expired vests.
Moore also presented officer Billy Williams with a plaque and tie clasp from the IACP DuPont Kevlar Survivor's Club.
Williams was struck on the shoulder by the side mirror of a pickup truck during a vehicle stop, according to Moore,
Although he experienced bruising, "the injuries would have been more substantial than they were" had he not been wearing the vest, Moore said.
* The Board approved $2,650 for city hall computers.
* The purchase of a fire department pager was approved.