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DENISON,TX--- People who live near a bar in Denison say they've heard enough. Late night noise has driven some of them to complain to the Denison Police Department and the City Council.

Council members listened to the neighbors complaints at last night's meeting and they tried to make a decision that would make both residents and bar-goers at The Office happy. While some say the place is too noisy, other say it's no louder then any other bar in town.

"I would say it's more of an occasional thing. When we have a band and there's more people here then there would be a noise issue and that's when a complaint would occur," one bartender at The Office said.  

"Whenever the night gets a little bit later the music goes up,"  Lesa Owens said.  

Workers at The Office say bands typically play outside on their patio until around 1:30 a.m. and that's when the complaints usually come in.

"Typically if there was an issue one police officer would come in and let us know that we need to move the band inside or turn it down. They would tell us that the surrounding neighborhoods were being affected," one worker said.  

In May, the bar asked for a six month exception to a city ordinance that prohibits outdoor amplified sound after 11:30 p.m. The City Council granted the exception, allowing outdoor sound until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. However, they limited the noise level to 80 decibels. A jet engine is about 100 decibels.

"I've never seen them get out of hand," Jean Conaham said.

But some residents say 80 decibels is too much and Monday night they asked council members to revise the exception.

"Yesterday was a good compromise between The Office and the local citizens in the area," Denison Police Department's Lieutenant F.C. Tillman said.

The council decided to meet in the middle. They gave the bar a one year extension to the ordinance. But now, noise levels can not exceed 70 decibels.

"It's always a good thing whenever local businesses and the community can come together and meet specific needs of each other," Tillman said.

The Denison Police Department says the fine for exceeding the noise limit is $155 per offense.