Residents who live in the Secaucus development Riverview Court and the surrounding area along the Hackensack River have complained about alleged noise disturbances coming across the river from the nightclub Dragonfly, which is located in Carlstadt by the Izod Center.
“The residents were calling me and holding their phone up to their windows and I could hear it,” said Mayor Michael Gonnelli during a recent Secaucus Town Council meeting. “It was a real problem.”
He said that he called Mayor William Roseman of Carlstadt at 12:30 a.m. one night in June and that Roseman went over to Dragonfly to deal with the situation himself.
Roseman did not return phone calls by press time.
Dragonfly Marina Bar and Grill, which bills itself as the largest indoor/outdoor club in Northern New Jersey, is open Tuesday through Sunday from the afternoon to 2 a.m. and has a restaurant, sports bar, an outdoor bar, happy hour, dancing, and live entertainment.
“There have been a lot of complaints because of the music that goes on in the wee hours in the morning.” – John Bueckner
Late night complaints
“There have been a lot of complaints because of the music that goes on in the wee hours in the morning,” said Deputy Mayor John Bueckner during a June council meeting.
He said that the club has little regard for the surrounding areas. “We hear it in the north end of town because it is right across the river,” he said.
Bueckner said the Bergen County Department of Health Services issued the bar a noise violation notice on June 14, which must be complied with by July 14.
Decibel meter readings
A representative of Hudson County Regional Health on June 9 set up a decibel meter at the foot of Paterson Plank Road in Secaucus to measure noise levels, according to Gonnelli. While the statewide allowable decibel from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. is 50, the meter measured 68 decibels, according to Gonnelli.
“I live quite a distance from there at the top of the hill and on occasion I could hear it,” said Town Administrator David Drumeler. He said the decimal meter reading of 70 is comparable to the noise coming from a vacuum if you are standing a meter away, but the noise levels recorded in Secaucus were just as loud a quarter of a mile away. Under NJMC regulations the maximum noise allowed from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. in a residential zone is 45 decibels.
Carlstadt addresses issue
Drumeler, along with Councilman James Clancy, attended a Carlstadt council meeting in June where the mayor and council members addressed the issue.
“We were very appreciative that the mayor invited us to come to a council caucus,” said Drumeler. “It wasn’t an issue affecting his residents…[and] they understood it was causing consternation on our side of the river.”
The Dragonfly attorney explained what the nightclub would do to address the alleged noise disturbance issue at the Carlstadt council meeting, according to Drumeler. The attorney said Dragonfly had recently put up a metal barrier to mute the sound of their outdoor music.
Calls to the club owners were not returned by press time.
Drumeler said that the issue has gotten better the last couple of weekends.
Bueckner advised any Secaucus resident that experiences loud music from the nightclub should call the Carlstadt police at (201) 438-4300.
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