Fall into Winter Noise Violation Petition
We are looking for signatures to support a just ruling on the noise violation that was dealt upon Robert Seaman during the "Falling into Winter" art show held on October 21st of 2011. A $300 dollar ticket was given to violating the noise ordinance of Burlington. The purpose of this event was to bring the creative community together and share insights to the artistic movement here in Burlington. We held works from 18 Burlington artists and were catered by a local up-and-coming chef. This was an event for the community and was held with a high level of responsibly in all aspects. Robert was told by Officer Champine that the few persons on the back porch smoking cigarettes were the cause of the complaint. As he began to write a ticket (#84182), Robert responded by asking if we do not get the grace of a simple warning. The officer stated that there is zero tolerance in Burlington. We are all greatly aware of the neighborhood and want nothing more than to have those surrounding also comfortable and inside the residence was a reasonable level, which was not the issue. We all understand that the noise in Burlington is a great issue to many people, but the execution and those pinpointed are in the wrong direction. A simple warning to myself to quiet down a few people and a large fine to tenants of a house party seem to make much more sense than what happened. We have been approached by a few on the attendees asking if they can also speak out about the situation. So that is why I am looking for signatures in showing this event was for the community and was unjustly dealt a large fine, we are to appear in court on March 28th of 2012. Thank you.