Cormack man says he’ll go to Municipal Affairs over noise

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Noise from this machinery prompted a call to the Town of Cormack from a neighbour. Now Lee Harvey says he will go to Municipal Affairs over the issue.
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CORMACK  Tired of the noise behind his property line, a Cormack man says he’ll bring his complaint to the Department of Municipal Affairs after hearing nothing from town officials.

Lee Harvey complained two weeks ago that industrial noises from a property adjacent to his own on Willow Avenue had been disturbing his neighbourhood. As of Friday the sounds of scrap metal being torn apart and hauled away from the old sawmill continued. Harvey is still looking for answers.

“I was gone for a (few days) and came back and heard the noise at quarter after seven in the morning. Just bang! Bang!” said Harvey. “It’s still there, work is still going on and if the town won’t do something about it, I’ll just have to go somewhere else.”

The lot is being cleared for use as a storage area and maintenance facility for a wood lot for a Deer Lake company.

Cormack town manager Tracey Hewitt said earlier this month that no laws were being broken, as Cormack has no noise bylaw.

Hewitt could not be reached for comment Friday but earlier this month said the town is monitoring the situation, which is temporary and will result in a cleaner lot.

Organizations: Department of Municipal Affairs

Geographic location: Willow Avenue, Deer Lake

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  • resident
    September 01, 2013 - 12:44

    Mr Harvey should remember a couple of points the owner is cleaning up the site and removing hazards both safety and environmental the owner is not breaking any laws the previous owner ran the mill for longer hours and sometimes 7 days a week the owner contributes largely to the tax base the owner creates employment in the community - Mr Harvey moved to Cormack by choice and should realize the owner is trying to be a good corporate citiz

  • david
    August 31, 2013 - 18:24

    Good luck with that....I've tried to deal with Municipal Affairs, only to be told that they have little to no authority over much of anything. In all seriousness, this is a department of government whose entire justification is to supply a few cushy jobs....full stop. Municipalities in Newfoundland are a complete gong show of bylaw-phobic, 'wild west' free-for-alls. And it sure shows.

  • dave
    August 31, 2013 - 12:07

    what does he expect? construction isnt quiet! sheesh. get over yourself