© Paul Hutchings
This lot on Willow Avenue in Cormack is being cleared of old industrial machinery and causing noise that some residents say is intrusive, but the town says it’s a temporary measure to clean up the lot.
CORMACK A Cormack resident is wondering how much longer industrial noise near his home will last.
Lee Harvey said activity on the lot that borders his backyard on Veteran’s Drive has been disturbing his neighbourhood with sounds of heavy machinery and metal items being dismantled.
He says the noise starts very early in the morning, sometimes before 8 a.m. and, although he’s been told it isn’t permanent, Harvey says he’s looking to find out when it might stop for good.
“Council told us it’s being cleaned up, it will be done in a week,” said Harvey. “They have huge excavators over there with points on them, beating on everything, we’re hearing jake brakes, and all kinds of noises.”
The owner of the Willow Avenue lot, Eric Pittman, said the area is being cleared by a company he hired from the east coast so he can use it as a storage area and a maintenance facility for a wood lot he runs northwest of Cormack.
Pittman said he has heard the complaints and said the work will be completed as soon as possible, and afterward it should be quieter.
The town has taken the same position.
Cormack town clerk Tracey Hewitt said as far as council is concerned the activity on Pittman’s lot is temporary and putting up with the noises is an inconvenience council is willing to stand if the outcome is a cleaner lot.
The contractors aren’t breaking the law, she said, because Cormack has no noise ordinance. Hewitt explained that in farming communities loud noises are going to happen, especially in one where there is also logging. Also, even if the town did have a noise ordinance there would be no way to enforce it.
“It’s not that we want people to go on other people’s property and kick up a big racket, but it’s a farming community and there are noises associated with that,” she said. “They’ve been there a week and it’s temporary. It will be done in two weeks at the most.”
Hewitt said there haven’t been any environmental concerns brought to council’s attention. She said she had heard the workers started very early in the morning calling it “unfortunate,” and hoped workers would take their start-time into consideration as the project continues.