But there were moments in 2013 when the concerts inhibited spectators at baseball games and theater performances, those organizers said. Both also took issue with the fact that they weren’t consulted on changes to Finally Fridays’ agreement.
“I was up in the Lumber Lounge with one of my clients (in August) and we couldn’t converse,” Tornow said. “So I made the call to say that seemed a little excessive... It was an instance where we couldn’t function.”
Sivright added: “Our concern is they’re trying to make this a concert experience and it’s to the detriment of other things going on down there... We can’t lose three Friday nights a summer. We did not get complaints in 2012 like we did in 2013.”
Fortunately for summer entertainers, a solution may already be in the city’s funnel.
City Administrator Jessica Kinser informed everyone that soundproofing the Showboat is slated as a Fiscal Year 2015 budget item. The new fiscal year won’t kick in until July 1, midway through the summer schedule. But, at the very least, Kinser said, Clinton will address the issues in time for summer 2015.
In the meantime, events coordinators agreed they can work together to find a solution.
“We’ve got a lot of opportunity in the next couple of months,” said Ward 1 Councilwoman Julie Allesee. She normally serves on the Rules and Regulations Committee but recused herself Tuesday because of ties to the situation. “Let’s be friends. Let’s think of what we can do to keep building on our riverfront product.”
By meeting’s end, Obren said he would remove the ordinance language from Finally Fridays’ event agreement. Rules and Regulations Chairman Paul Gassman said the city will revisit the issue next year if noise continues to be a problem.