Ansonia cultural festival draws noise complaints


Ansonia – A cultural celebration featuring crafts and live music drew a crowd at Warsaw’s Ansonia Park on Sunday, though a handful of townspeople would have preferred to spend a leisurely afternoon .

Mayor David Cassetti, who lives a few blocks away, said he could hear music from the Ecuadorian cultural festival, which started at noon and lasted until around 10 p.m.

“They really know how to have fun,” Cassetti said.

But Cassetti admitted to receiving calls and texts from people about the loud music at the festival.

In total, the city received 11 complaints of noise pollution either from the police in Ansonia or from Cassetti himself. But the city noise ordinance explicitly states that concerts are exempt from the ordinance as long as the concert or event has a city permit. Cassetti said the concert was licensed, so there had been no violation of the order.

The park has hosted other concerts from time to time, and there are no specific requirements in the ordinance as to when gatherings are to end, he said.

Wilton Anahuazo, the event’s organizer, said it was the first time that an Ecuadorian cultural festival had been held in Ansonia. He said the festival celebrates Ecuadorian culture and features live music from groups playing cumbia and bachata, musical genres popular in the United States and Latin America.

“It went well, but the police came to tell us that the neighbors were complaining about the loud music,” Anahuazo said.

Police spokesman Patrick Lynch confirmed that the department had received complaints from the time the first group started playing around 1 p.m.

“We had about five complaints. So it wasn’t like we were inundated with complaints, ”Lynch said.

Anahuazo said police asked organizers to turn down the volume and they acceded to the request.

While the spectators were having a good day, some residents, like company lawyer John Marini who lives one street in the park, were not thrilled by the sound of the music.

“It was heinous,” Marini said. He added that he was making cheeseburgers outside when the music started.

Despite the fact that the concert had a permit and was not in violation of the ordinance, Marini said that the city administration, the alderman and the police would have a discussion on best practices for live concerts. in the future.

But although his barbecue in his backyard was a bit noisier than he would have preferred, Marini said he was happy the city had been a destination for the organizers and proud that Ecuadorian-Americans had organized their event in Ansonia.

But he would also like some peace and quiet on a Sunday.

“We want to be able to have fun, invite new people to our city and to our restaurants, and have a balance with the residential component that is happening all the time,” he said.


Darcy J. Skinner

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