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Keokuk City Council to vote whether to reduce time for outdoor bands

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

Some downtown Keokuk residents are fed up with loud music playing into the early morning hours on weekends.

They say bands at a local bar are keeping them up at night.

A proposal on tomorrow night's city council agenda could help give them a little more peace, but does it go too far?

"There have been many of nights where we just shake over the noise," said neighbor Robert Tripp.   

Robert Tripp lives directly behind the beer gardens at L-Treyns, and said he has had to call the police eight times, because of problems with the bar patrons.

"They urinate on my car, they break windows out, they urinate on my house and everything," said Tripp.  

Tripp said because of incidents like those, he would support the proposed ordinance by the city of Keokuk to force business owners to shut down outdoor music at 11 p.m. instead of 1 a.m.

"All the drunks won't be out running around and hitting people's cars out here. I'm just scared that someone is going to get run over one of these days," said Tripp.

 L-Treyns owner Larry Roberts said he thinks the new proposal is "unfortunate" and is a "personal attack on his business."

Roberts claims he has had few complaints about noise levels, and he said it is one family that is targeting him.

Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion said the campaign to shut down the L-Treyns beer gardens earlier at night has been mostly driven by one neighborhood family, but he has heard other complaints about the noise.

"A husband and wife come in Mr. and Mrs. Oliver and complain. They live a block away. That they hear the noise and it is distracting to them and I have heard other complaints and some other council members say there are other complaints, but some people just don't, they are a silent majority," said Marion 

Mayor Tom Marion says if the ordinance is approved it will go into effect in 30 days.

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