Citizens Speak Up at Culver Town Board Meeting

Culver Town Council Members Ed Pinder, Ralph Winters, Ginny Bess, Sally Ricciardi
Culver Town Board Members (from left to right) Ed Pinder, Ralph Winters, Ginny Bess, Sally Ricciardi

At Culver’s Town Board meeting, several citizens spoke up against the local banquet facility after a large outside gathering got very loud, bothering neighbors. Some of the residents wanted to know if the big outdoor gatherings are required to get any permits to have these loud events, and Board President, Ginny Bess Munroe, mentioned that a food cart serves food in that area and is required to get a permit.

One citizen said that there were several open containers of alcohol on the ground in the vicinity of the banquet building, and said that a liquor permit is required for them to serve alcohol. The noise that was emanating out of the building was loud enough to violate the noise ordinance, which does apply to businesses in that area.

Calling in violations of any ordinances is strongly encouraged, even if it is just to check on whether or not local businesses or individuals are following requirements and ordinances.

Another resident confronted the Board, asking them to compose a letter saying that they have no plans to “give her her driveway back.” Her driveway was adjusted during the recent paving project in Culver, and she claims that because of the changes, she is no longer able to back out of her driveway and has to turn around in order to leave. She said that she wants her driveway back to the way it was, and she has spoken to a lawyer who told her that she will need to get a letter from the council before she can proceed with any legal action.

Munroe told the resident that she and Bob Porter, Street Superintendent, will look at the driveway and see if any modifications can be made to rectify the situation, and will have an answer by the next Town Board meeting.