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Council to rev up car club tussle

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines: The Dunkirk Common Council is going to revisit a dispute with a local car club leader when it meets today.

The agenda contains a resolution rescinding a loudspeaker permit for Unique Car Club, which plans an event at the Point Gratiot park on Aug. 14. The club, led by Juan Rivera, held a June 26 event at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds that drew the ire of many residents and council members over loud music. Dunkirk High School’s graduation, along with many related parties, and a wedding at a nearby church were all disrupted, according to the critics.

Councilman-at-Large Paul VanDenVouver publicly vowed at the last council meeting on July 6 that the car club’s permit for its upcoming show will be rescinded. Rivera appears ready to fight that. He has said, both on his Facebook page and to the OBSERVER, that he plans to be at today’s meeting to defend himself and his car club. He missed the July 6 meeting because he was on a family vacation.

Rivera did not get a loudspeaker permit for the fairgrounds show, and wound up getting cited by Police Chief David Ortolano for four noise ordinance violations. He has said he was told he did not need technically need one, because it was on private property. The Point Gratiot park is city property.

Today’s agenda contains requests for six other loudspeaker permits. They are, as follows:

¯ Ronald Crowell wants to use speakers for a birthday party Saturday at the Koch’s Pavilion at Point Gratiot.

¯ Tommy Roque is asking to use DJ equipment for a July 31 party at his residence.

¯ Reynaldo Miranda, on behalf of Second Chance Kids, seeks permission for speakers and microphones July 31 at Wright Park Basketball Courts. A separate request by Miranda looks for approval of a basketball tournament there that day.

¯ Jason Merritt, on behalf of Merritt Winery, wants speakers and microphones Aug. 6-8 for a wine festival at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds.

¯ Kathleen Peterson, on behalf of Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, is applying for use of band equipment at an Aug. 7 street fair on Central Avenue.

¯ Jane Henderson would like to use speakers for a picnic Aug. 20 at Point Gratiot.

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