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Caddyshack Bar and Grill Owner: 'I've Tried to be a Good Neighbor'

The board of aldermen is looking into the purchase of equipment to test noise levels after complaints by residents who live near the bar.

John Wegeng, the owner of stood up to speak at last week's Board of Aldermen meeting March 28.

"Two weeks ago, the board had a discussion about my bar. They wanted my permit and liquor license pulled. But in the last three years, I've had zero violations," Wegeng said.

"If I’ve done something wrong, then so be it. But I’ve done nothing wrong. I’ve tried to be a good neighbor to these people."

Wegeng was referring to the previous Board of Aldermen meeting, when Ken Davis, president of the Heritage Pointe Home Owners Association, spoke about his concerns about the noise and music from Caddyshack and requesting that something be done about it.

During that night's board discussion, Ward 2 Alderman Vann Sample recommended that Caddyshack's conditional use permit be revoked until the owner came up with a plan to resolve the issue. When Ward 1 Aldermen Leon Tow and Ward 2 Aldermen Chris Gard asked if the city had any way to measure the noise levels and know for sure that the law was being broken, Sample recommended that the city purchase equipment that could measure noise levels.

The board resumed the discussion at the March 28 meeting.

Chief of Police Lisa Harrison told the board that there are decibel standards for noise levels, but she did not recommend purchasing meters. The initial cost of the meters was not the issue, she said, but training and ongoing caibration of the devices would be a problem.

The city code currently requires a buffer between businesses like Caddyshack and neighboring residences, and Caddyshack does have such a buffer, Community Development Director Doug Forbeck said. City code also states that a concerned resident can hire a professional to measure noise levels. If the measurements show that the resident's concerns are warranted, the costs can be assessed to the offender.

"I have a fundamental issue with asking residents to police the noise. It should not be the residents’ obligation," Gard said. "We’re not going to be able to solve this problem until we get the equipment. We need to start the process."

With several aldermen in agreement with Gard, the board decided that it will go forward with the purchase of sound meters.

Kent P April 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM
"Chief of Police Lisa Harrison told the board that there are decibel standards for noise levels, but she did not recommend purchasing meters. The initial cost of the meters was not the issue, she said, but training and ongoing caibration of the devices would be a problem." So why would you have an ordinance that spells out Db levels for noise if you can't enforce them?
Jan April 11, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I don't live in Wentzville, but govt intrusion in everything we do is tooooooooooooooooo much. Most people today that complain like this subdivision need to get a life!
Robert M April 11, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Bet those residents really regret having a gun put to their head and being forced to live there.....oh, wait, what's that? They CHOSE consciously and of their free will to live next to a bar? Got it.
l m April 12, 2012 at 02:17 AM
He better hope I don't get back in there to play, or he'll be having the same problem with every neighboring community too! Happy endings drummer
Kent P April 12, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Not taking sides but the fact is the homes were there before the bar.
Don courtney April 12, 2012 at 11:14 PM
We have had a bad experience when 8 of us near the Senior age dined their. We left a cash tip and paid the bill with a credit with no tip . When we recieved our bill in the mail there was a tip added to our bill by thier employee. When trying to call, we were never able to get the owner on the phone. Needless to say we have not been back since.

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