Re Community Cultural Center’s First Event
Whether the first event at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre (MCCC) was a success or not is overshadowed by the drunken display that took place out in front of the centre both during and after the concert.
Intoxicated patrons and others who just showed up treated the adjacent residents to yelling and partying until 3 a.m. Public urination on the school’s lawn, vandalism by pushing over the concert garbage can, drunken teens screaming obscenities while they stood in the road rocking their buddy’s truck, people beeping their horns as they left the parking lot…. Did I mention this was going on while neighborhood children were in bed trying to sleep?
The RCMP was called in at 2:30 a.m. to bust up a tailgate party on the front steps of the centre. And in speaking with the RCMP they said they were chasing drunks most of the evening as patrons were going back and forth between the MCCC and [a local bar] just to drink and party.
All of these concerns were addressed before council and the appeals board. The Town gave assurances that the bylaw officer would be present to prevent things like this from happening. No big surprise, no officer was present. Security staff was present at the MCCC but they were busy controlling the interior of the building.
The smoking area for the building has indeed turned out to be the front of the building after assurances that it would not be. Wonder if anyone bothered to sweep all the butts up before school began this morning.
The Town side-stepped the SDAB’s ruling that mitigation methods be approved prior to taking over this building, instead voting to do a study on baseline noise levels in the area. The noise from the actual concert was reduced to a constant thump from the bass which was enough to disrupt sleep. Please tell me they at least had the common sense to do the noise study during this event so that mitigation can be corrected in a timely manner. Not holding my breath on that one.
Our fears were that our quality of life would be negatively impacted by the placement of this centre. No more wondering, it has!