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Springfield Beer Garden Ordinance

Updated: Wednesday, June 25 2014, 04:39 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD -- A Springfield alderman is doing her part to crack down on noise from beer gardens after numerous complaints from nearby residents.

Good Day's Michelle London with what city officials are working on to try to bring peace and quiet back to these neighborhoods. 

These Springfield residents live just a few feet away from this bar and beer garden behind me on east Converse Avenue. They say the profanity and noise levels have gotten so out of hand, it was time to get the city involved to find a solution.

"If you take a look, you'll see it's literally three feet from our bedroom window, which cause all kinds of problems when my wife has to be at work at 7:00 in the morning."

Springfield resident Dan Hurst and his wife live right next to Converse Tavern. Two years ago, it added this beer garden. Hurst says he and his wife haven't had any peace since then.

"We still get people several nights a week on the beer garden yelling at each other until one o'clock in the morning."

Complaints like these from Hurst and other residents who live around beer gardens in the city have Springfield alderman Doris Turner working to figure out a solution.

"They were talking about the noise and late into the evening, some of the profanity, you know,  just some of the things that go along with having a good time at a neighborhood bar; and unfortunately when you live next door to a bar, those things become a pig part of your life. And I think that we do have some responsibility."

Turner and other city officials are currently crafting an ordinance that Turner believes will fit in the best interest of both the bars. And especially their next door neighbors.

"I definitely don't want to do anything that's gonna put businesses out of business, you know, I don't want it to be a business killing ordinance. But at the same time, I do want it to address the needs that neighbors are experiencing so I think if we go about it in that way and bring everybody to the table and have everybody involved in that conversation, it will fit everybody's needs."

Jim Sidaro is the owner of Converse Tavern. He says adding any restrictions to his beer garden would affect his business.

"Well it would be a major problem for us 'cause that's where people go and smoke."

Both Hurst and Sidaro offered possible solutions.

"There is no answer...either live with it or move."

"What we'd like to see is a city ordinance matching the county ordinance..the county requires beer gardens close at 10:00pm and be empty by 10:30pm. If we could do that here, we'd be fine with them having a beer garden."

Springfield Beer Garden Ordinance

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