A Riverside pub looking to host more live music events each year is running into opposition from neighbors across the street who say the bar has already proven unable to keep the noise down.

On March 21, Riverside trustees are expected to vote on Brian Carroll’s application for a special-use permit that would allow him to host live entertainment 156 times per year at Mollie’s Public House, 31 Forest Ave.

In January, Carroll received a recommendation from the Riverside Plan Commission to allow the permit on a probationary basis for six months. The recommendation includes a number of conditions that Carroll must meet, including detailed reporting of any problems during the probationary period. It allows for up to three events per week.

Village trustees, during an hour-long discussion on March 7, suggested a few modifications to the plan commission’s conditions and the village’s police chief suggested changes to the village’s noise ordinance to allow officers to sign complaints if they feel noise from the performances is excessive.

A couple of trustees suggested less restrictive times for ending performances – the commission set stop times at 10 p.m. on weekdays and Sundays and midnight on weekends.

But a couple who lives in a home directly across the street from the pub say they oppose any permit for more live music performances, period. The zoning code already allows up to eight events per year, and that’s plenty, say Jim and Alisa Jerz.

Alisa Jerz said there were “repeated problems” at Mollie’s last spring, just after the pub opened for business.

“Extremely loud, very noisy bands played at Mollie’s repeatedly,” Jerz said, “and kept us awake until 11:30 p.m. We are opposing the permit for more than eight events per year because we are concerned that these problems will recur.

“We think allowing this excessive number will increase the potential for many similar problems like the ones we’ve already experienced.”

Jerz said the police and village did not respond effectively to her complaints, since no citations were ever handed out.

“We believe there’s no factual basis to support the view that Mollie’s has addressed and corrected these concerns and that they will not recur the next time they host a live band,” Jerz said. “He has repeatedly disregarded police warnings. … Our concern is that without a citation there is no deterrent.”

While Carroll didn’t speak on his own behalf at the March 7 trustees meeting, his mother, Sue, made a plea on behalf of Mollie’s as a shareholder in the business. Sue Carroll said her son had gone “above and beyond” in his efforts to help the village, from supplying donations and hosting fundraisers to participating in the village’s July 4 celebration and holding a Christmas toy drive.

“He is a responsible person, he is fair, he respects people,” Sue Carroll said of her son.