Members of the Delbarton Town Council touted the success of the town’s recent Homecoming event during its meeting Monday evening. That evolved into a discussion about the physical condition of the Opry House.
The Delbarton Opry House is a town-owned public venue for special events. It is used for activities such as Homecoming and the Fourth of July celebration. It is rented to various organizations and individuals throughout the year. Also, the Delbarton Music Company holds live music concerts and dances in the building each week.
Among the repairs the council discussed was improvements to the restrooms and better lighting. However, the town’s budget is limited as to what it can afford.
“We need to get whoever is in charge of the Delbarton Music Company to bring forth their financials to see if it can help with things like the utilities, HAVC repairs and the restrooms,” said Mayor Elmer Ray Spence. “Concessions are being run every week and revenue is being generated (by the Delbarton Music Company).”
It was also discussed that the Music Company seeks donations or conducts a “keep the lights on” split the pot activity with its patrons each week, however, the group does not contribute to the utilities.
“The Delbarton Music Company uses the Opry House every Saturday night and they’ve been there for years,” said Councilman Robert Hunt. “They need some accountability. The donations they get could generate hundreds of dollars a month for the power bill or repairs. Voters of this town have questions.”
The council decided to get estimate on the cost for the restroom repairs and lighting before its next meeting. The body will decide how to proceed at that point.
The council once again talked about concerns that some residents are still in violation of the town’s environmental nuisance ordinance.
“We’ve dealt with a number of problems and have given people the opportunity to correct the issues,” said Councilman Albert Totten. “One person submitted a plan stating that they would build a concrete building to house their animals to cut down on noise and odors, but that has not happened.”
Spence said he has been advised that the council needs to incorporate a portion of the state code concerning such matters as part of the town’s ordinance. This way it could be enforced easier.
“If adding the state code would put teeth in it, then that’s what we need to do,” Hunt said. “I’m not against people having dogs and I don’t want to tell people what they can or cannot do on their own property. But you can’t infringe on your neighbors. It’s like I tell people all the time, ‘Let someone put something like this beside your house and listen to the barking and smell the scents. You will change your mind.’”
Councilman Ralph Maynard said further enforcement needs to be done.
“We have given her plenty of time. She presented a plan to clean up her property and I was the one who made the motion to give her 60 days to correct the situation,” he said. “It has been way more than 60 days and nothing has been done.”
The council voted to begin the process of amending its ordinance to make it stronger and then taking action from that point forward. It is expected to take approximately six weeks for the readings, publications and approval of the changes before the revised ordinance becomes effective.
Because of a rise in drug activity and homelessness in Delbarton, the council also discussed its curfew ordinance and directed the police department to begin more aggressive enforcement of the curfew.