City Board Passes First Reading of Noise Ordinance Amendment CVB Presents Budget 2022-23 – The Advocate-Messenger
The Danville Municipal Commission passed the first reading of Ordinance Number 1996 at its June 27 meeting. The ordinance amends the nuisance chapter to exempt sounds from retail establishments, sidewalk cafes and outdoor entertainment and event venues.
The change is in response to downtown restaurants wanting to play music outdoors for their outdoor food courts. The current Nuisance Ordinance prohibits these companies from playing music outdoors. Places such as Pioneer Playhouse and The Showroom are also subject to this rule.
The amendment would exempt these certain businesses from this rule to allow sound during business hours. But they would maintain a limit on sound overall, and the silent hour starts at 11 p.m.
“Rather than finding ways to allow things, it seemed like the most effective way was to exempt the things you’re trying to allow, rather than trying to allow little things in each of these categories. “said City Manager Earl Coffey.
Any person or organization, in addition to businesses, retail establishments, sidewalk cafes, outdoor entertainment and event venues, must always obtain a noise permit to play music outdoors. Exempted companies could be removed from the exemption list if they violate the policy.
Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director Kendall Clinton said the CVB board approved its 2022-23 budget on June 20. The total budget is $661,628.
Clinton said part of that total came from ARPA and EDA money; and they have a deferred amount of $250,000. This postponement comes from not having a director of CVB for more than a year, and therefore not having any staff to pay. In this aspect, CVB has made a reserve, which is why the budget is so high.
Revenue from hotel room tax, which is CVB’s main source of revenue, is expected to be $255,000. They will receive $18,000 from an EDA grant and $125,000 from ARPA funds. A portion of these revenues will be carried over to future years.
“The tourist tax is back to pre-pandemic levels,” Clinton said. “We are seeing good occupancy rates in hotels.”
The CVB plans to spend around $37,000 on local sponsorships for events like the Brass Band Festival, Dock Dogs, Soul of Second Street, and more. They will spend $167,000 on advertising and marketing, which includes distributing brochures.
A designated amount of $165,000 will be earmarked for community investment projects they are still considering. Other line items are $13,000 for professional memberships and continuing education for CVB staff, $30,000 for operations, and $142,000 for personnel expenses.
CVB Chairman Alex McCrosky is stepping down on July 1 and the new Chairman of the Board will be Lynn Tye of Blue Moon Insurance.
CVB is involved in several upcoming events, such as Dock Dogs Summer Splash, Gold Wing Road Riders event and DeaFestival.
Commissioner Jennie Hollon thanked Clinton for her efforts. “Thank you for doing such an outstanding job of bringing new stuff and spreading the word,” she said.
Planning and zoning director Steve Hunter gave an update on recent developments, including two housing estates with new roads.
Several months ago, Joedy Sharpe of Sharpe Construction requested a zoning change to residential land between the Candlewood and Colonial Heights subdivisions north of Danville. The property was already zoned R1A but he had applied for R1C zoning.
The city commission denied the zoning change after hearing concerns from Colonial Heights subdivision neighbors about smaller lot sizes in R1C. Residents of Colonial Heights were concerned that their subdivision, which is zoned R1A, might not be R1C compatible.
Sharpe is currently building 18 lots on the open property zoned in the original R1A classification. The project includes the construction of a section of street connecting Ridgeview to Colonial Heights.
Hunter said the rig was complete and construction plans had been turned over to the city engineer.
Another subdivision on Summit Drive adds a street running from the west side of its property.
In other cases, the municipal commission:
• Approval of a grant application to provide $111,988 to Danville Boyle County Airport to develop the taxiway to the property, east of the original administration building.
• Passed a motion to order a new fire truck as the current trucks have required significant maintenance and are obsolete. The truck will arrive in 2024 due to long wait times.
• The City will send letters to downtown business owners asking them not to let their employees park on Main Street during construction of the downtown. Morgan said the parking policy is a courtesy to allow customers to park on Main Street, but it’s not an enforceable rule.
• Passed a memorandum of understanding to allow the Boyle County Tax Court to use $2,810,300 of county ARPA funds to make water and utility infrastructure improvements in Junction City and Perryville. Danville currently supplies water to Perryville and Junction City. County funds will go towards new pumps, emergency connections, capacity increases and existing infrastructure.
• Adopted the second reading of the 2022-23 budget.