McCordsville forms committee to handle noise ordinance concerns

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Daniel’s Vineyard is located at 9061 N. 700 W., McCordsville. (File photo)

After its June 12 meeting, the McCordsville Town Council is creating a committee to hammer out details of its noise ordinance.

The town recently enacted the ordinance prohibiting sound, such as live music, to be heard within 20 feet of a neighbor’s property line.

The formation of the committee after some neighbors lodged complaints against Daniel’s Vineyard and its outdoor, live-music series. The vineyard and winery announced last week it would pause the “Summer Weekends” concert series in an effort to avoid incurring further fines from the Town of McCordsville for violating the ordinance.

“The council determined an ad hoc committee with representation from all sides will be formed to help come up with a solution that works for everyone,” said Jen Cook, who handles marketing for Daniel’s Vineyard. “Committee members and timing have not yet been finalized.

“Unfortunately, this ordinance is ambiguous and gives no measurable decibel amount for the sound restrictions, as is the case in neighboring communities,” Cook said. “Due to the fines imposed, our hands were tied.”

Cook said some of the concert series could be moved indoors, but that doing so will keep guests from being able to enjoy the full experience of the venue.

“This takes away the capability of having our customers enjoy the surrounding vineyard while listening to wonderful music,” Cook said. “This also limits space availability for kids to come and enjoy outside space while parents watch and listen to the music … We are not against a sound ordinance, we just want something that is measurable, reasonable and is within normal business practices, like all other Indiana vineyards. We are good neighbors, love being a part of the McCordsville community, and have taken measures to address the few complaints we received.”

Owners Dan and Kim Cook opened Daniel’s Vineyard in April 2017 on an 80-acre property at 9061 N. 700 W., McCordsville.

The next McCordsville Town Council meeting will be at 7 p.m. July 10 at town hall, 6280 W. 800 N., McCordsville.

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