WESTBROOK (WGME) – Some Westbrook and Portland residents spent their Memorial Day enjoying some peace and quiet after a noisy Sunday night.
“The sound of the music just exploded,” said Kathleen Vance, who lives three miles from Rock Row, which hosted its first concert Sunday night.
A Portland business and homeowner, Vance said she could hear the music over her own TV.
“I’m not saying they can’t hold concerts there, not asking that. I am just asking them to control the noise level,” she said.
Many complained to the Westbrook Police Department, which told people online: “We have no authority over the noise emitted from the concert venue.”
Rock Row officials said they have a compliance officer for residents to call but some people said online that they couldn’t leave a message because the voicemail box was full.
“I was able to get a hold of that person but all they did was register my complaint and take my name,” a local resident said.
Rock Row officials said they are gathering sound data around the area to see what needs to be fixed.
Overall, they described the opening night as a “home run,” saying more than 4,000 people attended.
Some Westbrook residents who live near the venue said they did not mind it.
“I think it’s a work in progress. They’re willing to work with the community and I think that’s great. It’s a positive thing for Westbrook,” said Stephen Barton.