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Police chief: DJ’s turned down music volume

The volume has been turned down at DJ’s restaurant, according to Salisbury Police Chief Rory Collins.

Collins told Salisbury City Council during its meeting Tuesday that a compromise has been reached with the restaurant’s owner, Elias Mourouzidis, regarding complaints from residents about loud music coming from the restaurant’s outdoor lounge when bands perform there.

Collins said he met with Mourouzidis, who has been arrested three times for violating the city’s noise ordinance, and the two agreed that the noise level coming from his restaurant on the 1500 block of West Innes Street will not exceed 70 decibels. After 11 p.m., the noise level must be at or below 60 decibels, and bands must stop playing at 11:30 p.m., Collins said.

A band played at DJ’s Saturday night, and Collins said there were no issues.

Police have equipment to measure noise levels, and Collins said this compromise will be used across the city until the city’s noise ordinance is updated. Collins also said Mourouzidis has an app on his phone to measure volume, and that the app has been calibrated to be in tune with the city’s equipment.

The problem had been going on for months, and Mourouzidis was given verbal and written warnings from police about the loud music after residents in surrounding neighborhoods complained. Police issued him citations, and he was arrested three tines — Sept. 27, Oct. 3 and Oct. 11, for violating the noise ordinance.

After the Oct. 11 arrest, Mourouzidis told the Post he felt like he was being harassed, and that the city’s noise ordinance is not specific about volume levels.

“People might have the perception that I’m not following the law,” he said at the time, but the ordinance is vague.

The ordinance states the playing of any “television, radio, phonograph or other musical instrument in such a manner or with such a volume so as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of any person in any dwelling, hotel or other type of residence, shall be deemed to be unlawful.”

Mourouzidis said if the ordinance included a set decibel level or time frame the musicians needed to wrap up then he could abide by it.

Christina Lynch, who lives on Parkview Circle near DJ’s and has complained about the music, told council she could not hear the music Saturday night. She said there was a sense of relief in the neighborhood on Sunday.

In other business:

• Council voted to hire Developmental Associates of Chapel Hill as the search firm for the search for a new city manager. Council members said they like the fact the firm goes beyond the typical process when searching for candidates. Particularly, council members said they like that the firm does personality and behavioral testing.

Councilwoman Maggie Blackwell said the firm performs an “emotional IQ test” on applicants.

Developmental Associates quoted a price range of $17,500 to $20,325 to aid the city in the search. The vote to hire the firm was 4-0. Councilman Brian Miller was not at the meeting.

• Council honored three longtime members of the Hurley Park Advisory Board: Gerry Hurley, Elaine China and Lib Taylor. Hurley and China have served on the board since it was formed in 1987. Lib Taylor, who was not at the meeting, served for 21 years. Three river birch trees have been planted at the park in honor of the women.

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