DUNKIRK – A car club in Chautauqua County has been banned from hosting events in the City of Dunkirk following a slew of complaints during one of their events last month.
The Dunkirk Common Council says a car show, hosted by the Unique Car Club on Saturday, June 26 at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, was disruptive to the community.
Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says his officers were called to the festival around a half a dozen times, saying the organizer of the event was eventually charged with several counts of violating the city’s noise ordinance.
Specifically, Councilmen At-Large Paul VanDenVouver explains, the music was so loud it impacted a nearby wedding and the Dunkirk High School Graduation Ceremony.
“We are curtailing this to never happen again, and believe me while I’m Councilman At-Large, this will never happen again,” said VanDenVouver during the city’s Tuesday meeting. “This car club went up to the fairgrounds, and said the city gave them permission to have a loudspeaker permit, which we never did, then they tried to throw the city clerk under the bus, and said he gave the okay to have the loudspeaker at the fairgrounds, I know Eddie would never do that, he would never make that decision.”
Going forward the council says the group is no longer permitted to hold events in Dunkirk. Furthermore, lawmakers explain they are eying a fine increase for future noise ordinance violations.