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A popular venue for weddings violates hours of operation

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A number of noise complaints could force one business in town to stop hosting public gatherings. The Mayowood Stone Barn is the historic venue in question.

According to council documents the stone barn has a conditional use permit stating specific hours of operation from 8 in the morning, until 11 at night. Yet, according to neighbors celebrations are continuing into the wee hours of the morning.

Another violation was blatantly posted on the Mayowood Stone Barn website. It said the hours of operation are until 1 in the morning, even though the hours of operation within the permit are until 11-pm. We're told multiple complaints by neighbors have been made to the property owner Mr. Tompkins and Rochester Police. In fact, at the beginning of July the Mayowood Stone Barn was sent a warning violation and complaints continued to file in on July 20-21, 27 and 28th.

Here's what residents had to say and Mr. Tompkins response.

"This noise radiates into our homes even with the windows and doors closed. Opening bedroom windows that face the stone barn properties is not possible during these Friday and Saturday night events," said a Mayowood resident.

"A copy of our web changes will be provided to city staff. Number 2, I will notify all existing brides and grooms currently under contract that these rules go into effect immediately," exclaimed Mr. Tompkins, referring to some changes he will implement within the next 60-days.

The council has decided to bring this issue forward yet again, at the October 15th meeting.

In the 60-days between now and then the owner of Mayowood Stone Barn will need to monitor the hours of operation and make sure neighbors are not awakened by music.

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