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The waterfront will be rocking this summer, but the Village Board on Monday attempted to keep the peace among music lovers and area neighbors.

The board met with Alan J. Hastings, manager of the Silo Restaurant on the Niagara River. Hastings had proposed several music festivals be held on village green space adjacent to the restaurant.

Hastings said the real money-making hours for live music were between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., but he agreed to stop the music by 10 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday for a Make-A-Wish fund-raiser in June.

The music also will not start at 2 p.m. Saturday, as Hastings originally planned, but instead begin at 6 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday.

"It's not the function we object to, but the live music. We need to keep it down," said Trustee William Geiben.

It was also suggested that the music be aimed toward the river and be located in the northeast corner of the village green so it does not travel as easily up Water Street.

Trustee Kenneth Kenney cast the only no vote, saying he preferred a 9 p.m. quit time.

Other festivals, The Red White and Blues Festival on Labor Day weekend and Reggae at the River on Aug. 16, were both ordered cut off at 9 p.m., and rather than featuring all-day music, the board had asked Hastings to shorten the hours to start at 4 p.m. rather than 2.

Oktoberfest was moved from the riverfront to Academy Park.

Mayor Richard F. Soluri said he hopes the Oktoberfest can take advantage of the new band shell that should be completed in the park by then.

The board also made plans to discuss further a plan to develop a local Waterfront Revitalization Program. A public hearing is set for 6:30 p.m. June 16.

The hearing will focus on refining the description of the originally proposed plan. If the program is adopted, land-use changes would include permitting residential townhouses in the North First Street area and extending the village's retail business district along Center Street, from Fourth Street to First Street.


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