A Vernon motel is concerned tourists are getting a rude awakening.
Ed Buie, general manager of the Journey Inn on 28th Avenue, told city council Tuesday that early morning noise from adjacent businesses is negatively impacting the bottom line.
“I’ve had countless guests say they won’t be back because of the noise,” he said of the motel, which has been downtown for 51 years.
“They are presently hurting my right to do business and I don’t think that’s fair.”
Buie says that music from nearby drinking establishments leaves windows vibrating, while other businesses use the early morning hours for routine maintenance, such as parking lot cleaning and running industrial vacuums to remove restaurant grease.
“I am not trying to limit their hours or restrict business but I want them to assure they are good neighbours,” he said.
“Something should be done to address noise between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. that is workable for everyone.”
Buie says another concern is 24-hour businesses attracting people who then congregate in the alley.
Buie believes the ongoing noise problems could create challenges for the city, which ultimately wants to see residential housing downtown.
He also insists that Vernon is getting a negative reputation among visitors.
“Tourists shop, eat and spend money and it’s disheartening to have people say they won’t come back,” he said.
Buie asked for the city to initiate regulations regarding business noise.
“None of the things he’s asked for are unreasonable,” said Coun. Patrick Nicol.
Coun. Juliette Cunningham added that the situation cannot be ignored.
“We will have to look at this very seriously,” she said.