By Frank Lewis
The growth of the number of people joining a lawsuit filed against the owners of the Columbia Music Arena on Gallia Street has caused the operator of the theater to decide to stop scheduling any concerts until he can put a roof on the open-air facility.
The action was filed on March 22, 2013, in Scioto County Common Pleas Court by Portsmouth attorney Stephen C. Rodeheffer on behalf of the following citizens: Terry Ockerman; TLO Holdings, LLC; Sharma Brown d.b.a. Head Quarters Styling Place; Port City Partners; Port City Pub, LLC; Judy Jackson and Michael Fitch.
Named defendants are Christine Scott; Sunshine Superman Project, LLC c/o James Kalb, statutory agent and Scott’s Columbia Music Arena, LLC c/o Christine Scott, statutory agent.
As a part of the action, the complaint reads in part, “Indeed, the plaintiffs will show that on occasion the sound from the performances raise the decibel level of the sound outside the building by over 500 times the normal decibel levels, that the sound causes windows as far away as two city blocks to vibrate, and that this noise is interfering with the right of the surrounding property owners and residents to enjoy their property free of loud and unwanted noises.”
It goes on to say, “The volume of the noise is only part of the problem created by the defendants’ activities. Many of the performers perform songs that contain defamatory, obscene, and otherwise obnoxious lyrics that are offensive to the sensibilities of a normal individual. And on occasion these lyrics are being broadcast during hours when there are small children coming to and from a local dance studio and other family oriented businesses.”
Scott said he was not going to fight anymore.
“I’ve been going through all this stuff with (Terry) Ockerman and Sharma Brown and all of them, and sometimes I think you just pick your battles, and the bottom line is, I’m not going to fight these people anymore,” Lee Scott, operator of the theater, said. “I’m going to go ahead and close the Columbia, get rid of all this dumb stuff. We’ve been in the lawsuit and I see the lawsuit expanding to encompass other people.”
Scott told the Daily Times, “It’s got to be fixed, so we’re going to fix it. We’re going to put a roof on it, and we will try to sound proof the building somewhat. There will be no more concerts until this is done.”
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.