ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland City Council agreed Monday night to reinstate the entertainment for a downtown pub that had been rejected a month earlier.
The license came with conditions, however, to make sure that the noise does not exceed city limits.
The council voted 5-0 to approve the entertainment and liquor licenses for Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery on Main Street. The entertainment license will run through Nov. 10.
The council added a package of conditions proposed by Councilor Larry Pritchett to address concerns. The conditions include doing an analysis of how sound-deadening material on the south wall of the pub — which shares a wall with a neighboring building that houses both retail businesses and residences — would reduce the noise. The council will consider in the fall, when the conditional entertainment license expires, whether the soundproofing material should be installed.
Rock Harbor will also be required to monitor the noise levels during live performances at locations and with equipment approved by the city.
The business must also have an employee responsible solely for maintaining security and code compliance at the door. The staff must also inform patrons that smoking is not allowed within 20 feet of a door, window or ventilation system of buildings.
Councilor Valli Geiger said she wants Rockland’s harbor to thrive, but she also wants to see the downtown thrive and people move into and live in upper floors of downtown buildings. She said this can only occur if ordinances are enforced.
Councilor William Clayton voiced concern that after reviewing police reports are some questionable complaints, including one where the person vowed to call every Tuesday when there was open microphone night even though police found no violation when they responded.
Councilor Louise MacLellan-Ruf warned that the city should not be blaming the victim. She said this case can set a precedent that will impact on whether Rockland’s downtown will be attractive to both businesses and residences.
The council rejected the license last month after neighbor Beth Bowley complained of excessive noise, people congregating outside on the sidewalks causing disturbances, and cigarette butts covering the sidewalk after the evening.
Rock Harbor will also be required daily to clean the sidewalks adjacent to its building.