Barn party draws concerns from neighbors
By Ben Rodgers
SUAMICO – A high school party got loud at a local barn and nearby neighbors expressed their concerns to the village on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
The barn in question is located in a residential neighborhood on Magy Lane. The barn itself is owned by the Howard-Suamico Historical Society and sits on land owned by the village of Sumaico.
On Saturday, Oct. 21, the barn was rented out by the historical society for a multi-school district FFA Fall Ball event.
According to people at the meeting, the barn was a rocking to nearly 11 p.m. that night.
The concerns were brought before the Park, Rec, Forestry & Trails Committee for the village of Suamico.
“The music, it was unbelievable,” said Linda Jones, a neighbor. “I called the police three times and I called the village president twice.”
Jones said the music was enough to rattle nearby foundations.
“We were home, we’re not home a lot in the summer, but our house was shaking that night the music was so loud,” she said.
Grailing Jones, a barn neighbor, said if the barn is meant to be a building with historical value, whether or not music is allowed should be brought up.
“There’s a big difference between living next to a party barn then next a museum,” he said. “It’s a slippery slope when getting into how loud is the music. The question should be is there music at all?”
He said if any music is allowed law enforcement should use a decibel tester to determine how loud it is and make sure it stays at an agreeable level.
Ruth Lund, committee member also lives nearby and said the party went outside of the boundaries of the lot the barn sits on.
“They had people running in the yard, people screaming, my dogs were freaked for four days,” Lund said.
The barn sits directly next to homes and there is no fence or bushes to clearly define property boundaries.
“This is a pretty big black eye here we need to take care of,” said Roy Krouse, committee member.
The committee agreed to send a recommendation back to the village board to form a committee and include members from the board, the committee, the historical society, law enforcement and community members.
The committee will work on the agreement with the historical society in regard to future use of the barn to make sure it’s agreeable to all parties involved.
“We do have some time, because this is seasonal use,” said Steve Kubacki, village administrator. “They’re not going to be using that this winter, so we have some time to get this right.”