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7/17/2013 12:34:00 PM
City commission says Gunner's BBQ Pit can stay
Tamara Jarvis
Tamara Jarvis

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


The Cottonwood Planning Commission has now granted a conditional use permit to allow Gunner's BBQ Pit operation in the parking lot of the Main Stage.

The food truck, semi-permanently located behind the club at 1 S. Main Street, has made headlines recently when neighbors circulated a petition opposing the operations.

Operator Tamara Jarvis has a following that supported her operation during the public hearing prompted by the petition. The permit could have been issued administratively if no complaints were lodged.

Supporters praised the food truck as "always clean and good. We need more places like that," said Michael Lanier.

But, opponents of the operation charged the place was noisy. "We thought we were moving to a quiet place, but people are screaming at night," said Ronald Brown

Judith Love, who circulated the petition, said she has put foam on her windows to block the noise. She objected to noisy cars, flashing red lights and declining home values.

Clay Bushnell complained that his home was just across the fence and his sickly 73-year-old wife cannot sleep with the "screaming and yelling. "

When one person suggested police had been called to deal with fights, Main Stage operator Rebecca Riffel strongly objected that the operation "has never had a one fight and cops were never called." She said Jarvis' BBQ Pit was here to provide an option for food, but insisted "the Main Stage is not going anywhere."

Planning commissioners reviewed the comments and Chairman Ed Kiyler summarized that most of the complaints were aimed at the new commercial music operation itself, not the barbecue truck and did not directly reflect on the food truck's operation.

Several commission members, however, were concerned about hours of operation. Since Jarvis closed the BBQ Pit at the same time as the bar, they suggested folks might hang around the stand afterward to get coffee and food before leaving.

Commissioner Phil Rosen, who has a background in music and clubs, suggested that for the food stand to be open later than the bar, "encouraged people to hang around and create noise." He suggested that the stand close earlier than the bar, and then customers will leave the property promptly.

"I think everyone can co-exist," believes Commissioner Judd Wasden.

That solution appealed to the commission and Tamara Jarvis agreed it would not be a hardship. The Commission granted the conditional use permit with the condition that the food truck stop operations one-half hour before the Main Stage losing.

The CUP operation for the food truck will be reviewed in six months.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Article comment by: Bill Bassett

To Slater Slater...for once we agree. Thank you.

Gunner's is awesome. Main Stage is awesome.
Of course they are not located in my own back yard but maybe I'll look for a house in their back yard.


Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Article comment by: Charlie Townsend

Up until now, I've kept my comments to myself I did however send Main Stage an email about the noise! Main Stage never replied to what I felt was a very respectful request to close and keep the doors closed at night.

I live in a trailer directly behind "Main Stage" - less than 80 ft away. I'm not a complainer nor am I some low life renter. I'm a well educated employed citizen who pays taxes just like everyone else.

Thursday - Saturday nights are the worse in that I can hear everything from inside of my bedroom, including the male voices on the microphone. It's not an enjoyable experience because what I'm hearing is BOMB, BOMB, BOMB over and over and over. The sound reverberates throughout my room. Every so often the noise stops while they're taking a break - I start to fall asleep and then it starts again.

My complaint is not about the "BBQ trailer"- I think they're using this issue to hide the truth. It's a well known, often used tool to distract us - get us running in all of the wrong directions so
that they, the owners of this new BAR, can proceed unhindered with their plans.

So what is their plan? I think it's pretty obvious - originally they tried without success to buy a
portion of the land between my trailer and the bar. When that didn't work, they proceeded to buy up the adjoining land extending to the corner of 17th St. This is all well and good, except it's not zoned correctly for their needs. I have no doubt that they will successfully get the zoning changed I'm sure that they're working on it - having a partner on the Cottonwood planning commission is frosting on the cake for them.

Here's my issue: From the very beginning they've fed us lies and half truths thinking that we're mindless idiots - They're going to do whatever they want, and no one is going to stand in their way - The BBQ place is being used better to drag and place blame on a small struggling business owner than to stand up as honest well intentioned community leaders and take some responsibility!

I believe that we can co-exist, but it takes mutual respect from all parties.


Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Article comment by: Something Fishy in Commissions Decision

You can not tell us that the fact that one of the folks that sits on this commission, who has a financial interest in the bar, has nothing to do with the commission's approval for the food cart, giving the bar a business license to operate right next door to a senior community! The commission, NEVER sent out any notices to the public to let them know a bar was going to open, and would anyone have an objection? They, the bar owners kept it all hush hush. When we found out it was going to be a bar that serves alcohol, we talked to one of the owners. We asked what will you hours be, they said open to maybe 11 or 12 at night. What alcohol will you have? Oh, beer and wine was thier reply. Everyone keeps calling it a music revue, what a joke! IT' A BAR WITH LIVE LOUD NOISE AND A BUNCH OF DRUNKS!

Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Article comment by: Steven Briggs

Rightly said Ellen Coburn! The attitude seems a bit high and mighty from the BBQ and main stage parties. Why not engage and resolve problems instead of play a blame game and ignore the facts of the situation. As an art supporter I hope these guys get off their high horse and work to minimize the concerns of neighbors, whether or not the main stage folks think its a big deal or not. Public perception can be a great ally or terrible enemy.

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Bravo,harty food and hard work pays off.Think
I'll drive down and try it out.Way to get free advertising.I'm sure in 6 months you'll have no
credible complaints.
Some people will never have better things to do or positive statements to make.
Unlike me.LOL


Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013
Article comment by: Ellen Coburn

I was at the meeting and I think a few things should be noted. One, whether or not you agree with the noise issue, the fact is if anyone of us had a disturbance during our rest time we would be upset. Several neighbors asked if Main Stage would just simply close their doors that it would make a difference. Seems like an easy solution for Main Stage to do, if they truly are interested in being good neighbors. Second, the use permit for Gunner's is for 6 months. If there isn't any improvement and the neighbors can show there exists legitimate issues, then they will have to confront the city again I suggest the attitude of "we are here to stay" be tempered and instead an attitude of "we are here as part of the whole community" be adopted instead.

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: Kathy Tewanger

First of all, Better than Home Depot, why would post such a personal attack on a person and not reveal your name?
Curtains were not to make her own personal patio, it was to cover up Home Depots filth and bugs hanging in the windows. Per customers request.
She does not act like she is the center of the universe, she treats other people that way and their pets.
Who ever posted this needs to get the facts straight. No way is this person a taker. she gives very generously and she did have to pay rent for her space there at Home Depot. In return Home Depot was to provide her with some facilities and access to some utilities. Which they did most of the time but sometimes made it very difficult. She had a contract for all of those terms and never went to complain that they were not providing within the terms of the contract. She just dealt with it like the kind person she is.
Ok, Better than Home Depot, reveal your name.
with that she never went back to complain


Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: Genuine Information

A food truck is a "restaurant" and a bar is a "music venue"... My, isn't semantics fun! Why don't we just admit the obvious: this place is simply an extension of the Chaparral Bar. Same owners, same distributors, same employees. The local residents were right to have been concerned about letting such a business come into their neighborhood.

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: better thoughts

How about closing the bar an half an hour early then the coffee truck I myself would rather see patrons drinking coffee than booze before leaving any establishment less change of putting civilians into danger and it would could save some one if not many from a lot harder grief

Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Article comment by: TAMARA JARVIS

I WANT TO THANK THOSE OF YOU WHO SUPPORTED ME DURING THE PUBLIC HEARING AND ALSO THE 300 PLUS SIGNERS ON MY PETITION TO KEEP GUNNER'S BBQ PIT AT MAIN STAGE MUSIC VENUE. THANK YOU! YOUR RESPONSES TO THIS ISSUE ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ME TO CONTINUE PERSUING MY GOAL TO CREATE A WELCOME PEACEFUL AND FUN SPOT TO STOP AT WETHER YOU ARE A RESIDENT OR A TRAVELING PASSERBY, INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY, YOUNG OR ELDERLY!
FOR THOSE VERY FEW WHO ARE OPPOSED TO THE NOISE OF LAUGHTER, PARTY LIGHTS, AND DELICIOUS SMELLING SMOKE, I ALONG WITH MAIN STAGE APOLOGIZE THAT YOU CANNOT ALSO ENJOY WHAT WE ARE BOTH TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH. WE ARE ONLY TRYING TO OFFER A COMMUNITY SERVICE TO COTTONWOOD..... IT IS A GOOD THING THAT WE ARE DOING! IF THERE IS AN ISSUE WITH US DOING WHAT WE DO, WHY NOT COME TALK TO ANY OF US ABOUT YOUR CONCERNS AND WE WILL DO WHAT WE CAN TO REDUCE THE DISTURBANCE THAT YOU SAY WE ARE CAUSING.
OTHERWISE MAIN STAGE MUSIC VENUE AND GUNNER'S BBQ PIT ARE HERE TO STAY, SO QUIT BEING SO OPPOSED AND PERHAPS YOU TOO CAN ENJOY THE AWESOME MUSIC AND GREAT FOOD!


Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Article comment by: Better there Than Home Depot

She was a pain when she was at Home Depot. She put her signs in front of doors blocking traffic. She put curtains up in Home Depot to create her own private out door patio area. She kept expanding her space and taking over Home Depot property. She acts like she is the center of the universe and she can do what she wants without paying. She is a taker.



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