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Funkstown to continue researching noise ordinance

Problems at local restaurant and bar that prompted proposal have diminished

August 12, 2013

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said Monday night that the town will continue to research a possible noise ordinance, but problems at a local restaurant and bar that prompted the proposal have diminished. Crampton’s comments came after a mayor and Funkstown Town Council meeting. Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore had contacted town officials to express concerns about the ability for deputies to enforce the noise and loitering proposals. Mullendore recommended that the town contact Maryland officials about the state’s Environmental Noise Act of 1974. Town officials have said both proposals were prompted by complaints about noise and loitering outside Joker’s Bar & Grill. J.D. Taylor III, who lives up the street from Joker’s, told town officials Monday night that the noise outside the restaurant has “toned down quite a bit.” Except for a man who occasionally relieves himself in the area, things have been under control, Taylor said. In the past month, town officials haven’t received “near the complaints” they had gotten before about Joker’s, thanks to the restaurant’s owners and management addressing their concerns, Crampton said. — Julie E. Greene

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