Group set to complain about River Seven noise, county to consider sheriff’s plane request

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A group of neighbors to Gantt’s newest restaurant will make their second appearance before the Covington County Commission today to talk about the noise coming from River Seven.

Mary Alyce Outlaw said Tuesday that a group of concerned neighbors hope the commission will “do something” about their problem.

River Seven, a restaurant and bar, opened this fall on Indigo Loop in the former Buckboard location. Owners said at a previous meeting that live music would stop playing at midnight and would install sound barriers for the outside playing area; however, Outlaw said that is not the case.

“They’re playing until three and four in the morning, and there has been nothing installed to keep the sound from traveling,” Outlaw said. “And it’s loud.”

In a previous Star-News story, it was reported that River Seven’s hours of operation are Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., and Thursday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 4 a.m. and on Saturday from 11a.m. until 2 a.m.

“We’ve called the sheriff to report the noise, but they tell us there is nothing they can do,” Outlaw said of the group’s complaint. “We just hope the commission will listen.”

Commissioners are expected to vote today on Sheriff Dennis Meeks’ request to purchase a new plane. At the group’s last meeting, Meeks’ request was tabled so that he could provide commissioners with more information about the purchase.

Meeks told The Star-News Tuesday that he plans to purchase the $13,000 plane using money from his law enforcement fund, the discretionary “pistol permit” fund that can only be used to purchase law enforcement equipment or to fund officer training. The commission does not have to provide financial backing for the purchase or upkeep; however, approval for the purchase is needed to title the plane as county-owned equipment.

Also on the meeting’s agenda are discussions about the construction of an addition to the women’s facility at the county jail, the county’s policy on selling and installing driveway pipes and agreements for the county’s numerous ATRIP projects.

Today’s meeting begins at 8 a.m. in the county administration building on Hillcrest Drive.