ST. CHARLES, MO. (KPLR) - There’s a battle in St. Charles over a decades-old ordinance forbidding live music in one section of town. Businesses in the historic section of South Main Street are forbidden from having live acts. Many are hoping to change that.
At the Millstream Inn, manager Dave Capp doesn’t really understand the opposition. He wants what he describes as “low key, acoustic” acts to play on his back patio. He sees it as a way to help business.
“The more money we make the more taxes we pay so it would seem to be a help and not a hindrance,” he said.
But some residents in the area are dead set against it, concerned that the party section of North Main Street will make its way to their area.
“There’s creep,” area resident Virginia Van Berkum said. “There’s creep of the scene from north to south. Right now there are lines. Let’s keep it that way.”
Many in the area are hoping politicians will find common ground.
“I understand preserving the integrity of this area which I think is very important, but I think if they put a curfew on when they can start and on when they end I don’t think it would impede on the integrity on it or on the businesses,” Kay Grossenbacher told us on her way to dinner.
A proposal to allow live acts during certain time periods was introduced before the council Thursday night. It’s likely to be a few weeks before it comes to a vote.