Bowling league open to new members
The Sterling Bowling League is looking for people interested in bowling. The season begins on Thursday, September 4, at 7 p.m. at Mason’s Candlepin Bowling in Leominster. The season runs for 31 weeks, ending in April. The approximate cost is $12 per week. If you are interested or would like more information, contact Peter Oberton at 978-368-8592.
Board of Selectmen meeting update
by Lex Thomas
Restrictions set for B-Man’s Tavern’s entertainment license
Following an hour of debate during a public hearing on July 30, selectmen voted to impose restrictions on the entertainment license held by B-Man’s Tavern on Route 140 in Sterling. Live music will be limited to the hours of 4 p.m. to midnight on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 4 to 8 p.m. on Sundays. In addition, it was recommended that volume should be reduced after 11 p.m.
The hearing was held in response to noise complaints regarding music at the club.
Police Chief Gary Chamberland reported that police have received seven noise complaints pertaining to the club since June 1. “The incidents of greatest concern to us were on June 14 and June 21, both Saturday evenings,” he said. Police responded at 10:45 p.m. and 11:50 p.m. He stated that responding officers were able to hear music from outside the premises.
“The club was not in violation of their entertainment license,” he said, “but we’d like to see some restrictions, so we can be fair to the people who call us, and the club itself. Right now, it’s very subjective, what’s late and what’s not late, what’s loud and what’s not loud.”
Club owner Barry White stated that he is doing whatever he can to control the noise, including keeping doors and windows closed, adding that the few people who are complaining are unlikely to be appeased regardless of what measures he takes.
David Mack of Redemption Rock Trail stated that he called police on June 14 and 21 “because the band was playing too loud, too late. Midnight is simply too late for a residential neighborhood.”
Redemption Rock Trail resident Pam Culley, who has lived directly across the street from the club for the past 26 years, said that she has never had any issue with the establishment. “He [White] is trying to run a business,” she said. “I knew it was there when I bought the place 26 years ago. There’s going to be occasional noise. He’s got this business, he’s got to have a livelihood.”
Contract for dispatchers signed
In a public session following the executive session on July 30, selectmen voted unanimously in favor of approving a three-year agreement between Truck Drivers Local 170 for dispatchers and the town of Sterling, effective July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2017.
Y.A.H.O.O. director recognized
Selectmen recognized the work of Y.A.H.O.O. Director Sean McDonough with a framed certificate at the July 30 meeting. McDonough was not present to accept the certificate.
Restriction set for watering days
Sterling water customers who water their lawns and gardens are asked to use a sprinkler or irrigation system on odd or even numbered days, determined by house number. Properties with even numbered street addresses will be allowed to use irrigation systems and sprinklers on even calendar days, and properties with odd numbered street addresses will be allowed to use irrigation systems and sprinklers on odd calendar days. The use of sprinklers, automatic or other, is prohibited between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on all days.
These measures are necessary because Sterling is overdrawing its water permit limits. Every 20 years the state sets a withdrawal limit for public water suppliers. In 1995, Sterling’s limit was set at 219 million gallons per year, equivalent to 600,000 gallons per day. The permit stipulates measures that must be taken when the limit is exceeded. In 2018, Sterling will receive a new permit, with an anticipated limit increase of only 5 percent. In recent years, Sterling has exceeded its limit and, at the current rate of consumption, will continue to exceed the limit, even with the anticipated increase. State laws that are expected to be approved and signed by the governor will result in increased charges for overdrawing the limit, which will affect all ratepayers. Only water usage for nonessential purposes, such as lawn watering, can be controlled. If Sterling continues to overdraw the water permit limit, these state mandated costs will be out of our control.