“We always get complaints of noise on the lake coming from the different establishments,” said Lieutenant Dave Ricardi of the Southwick Police.
Curbing noise complaints is just one of more than a dozen changes that Southwick’s board of selectmen is reviewing this summer.
The board and town’s police department are looking at changes regarding everything from selling alcohol at package stores, to closing open-air patios before the rest of the bar shuts down.
“One of the regulations that were seriously looking at to help with the quality life in the town of Southwick is visiting the deck hours that are allowed within the town,” said Lt. Ricardi.
Residents off of Point Grove Road near the Congamond Lake say the noise is a nuisance that’s caused some people to even consider selling their homes and moving out of town. But Lieutenant Ricardi says the new changes would just regulate how late the bars’ patios can stay open.
“Right now there are a number of different hours and were trying to make that all one group of hours,” said Lt. Ricardi. “Everyone will operate under the same umbrella, but we have not yet decided what those hours will be.”
“They’re also looking at requiring that anyone who serves an alcoholic beverage would have to go through a server training,” said Lieutenant Ricardi. “Once that goes into an effect, the owners of the establishments would have a period of time to get all of their employees who are serves of liquor trained.”