The State Street Pub and Laundromat has been in existence for years, but the pub portion has been around since 2011. Dan Smilloff lives right north of the pub, and he is not happy with all the litter and cigarette smoke that comes into his yard. He says it prohibits him and his family from spending time in their yard.
“There are groups of people in my back yard who are smoking cigarettes, and unfortunately that stuff drifts into my yard, so when my family wants to spend time outside in the evenings, it's very difficult,” he said.
It's not just the the smoke that is frustrating the Smilloff's. Dan says the constant garbage he finds in his yard is also affecting the value of his home.
“I spoke with a couple of realtors and they told me that if the house sells at all, it will sell for much less,” Dan said.
His hope is that business owner Cory Johnson will not get his liquor license renewed, but if this happens, the State Street Pub and Laundromat will more than likely not survive.
“Having this here basically doubles the number of laundromat customers,” owner Cory Johnson said.
The city is trying to solve the dispute. Johnson has offered several options to keep garbage out of the Smilloff’s yard, but there is nothing he can do about the smoke. He has offered to post signs on the fence. He has even offered to clean the litter and garbage up on his own.
“Maybe we can come up with a compromise so we don't have to vote to eliminate a liquor license because if we do, he is going to close down because most of his business comes from the pub,” Aberdeen city council member Mark Remily said.
Resolutions are being discussed Monday night at the City Council meeting.