A proposed amendment to the city of Carrollton’s noise ordinance is expected to be complete and ready for presentation at Monday’s City Council meeting.
The proposal comes after months of complaints from residents in The Cottages subdivision near the Industrial Park area of Columbia Drive and Beulah Church Road. Ward 1 Councilman Gerald Byrd, a resident of the community asked City Attorney Chuck Conerly last month where the city was in developing a noise ordinance to combat and monitor the noise issue.
Conerly agreed the current city noise ordinance is outdated. He said the primary problem is that the ordinance does not have a quantitive noise standard.
During the December meeting of the City Council, Jeff Herren, Southwire’s executive vice president and president of the company’s Industrial Division, spoke about the measures the company has taken to resolve the issue.
“We take seriously anytime we have a report or input from the community about any of our factories, so it is true that we’ve been working closely with the residents of the community for a number of months,” Herrin said.
He said the company has been working with the residents in the community for many months and had performed studies of its own to determine exactly what the noise was and what it might be coming from. He said a piece of equipment had been discovered that was noisier than they thought it should be and a temporary system was built around it.
Further studies were conducted, and it did, in fact, lower the DB rating at the property line, said Herrin, but Southwire continued to get feedback regarding noise issues. He said that at times the sound levels were very good and what was occurring at the factory was exactly what had happened the day before when sound levels were reported to be worse.
Southwire has performed more noise studies and they were below 50 DB at the property line.
Herren said when the factory closed for three in days in October 2017, Southwire received reports from residents this time frame that the noise was unbearable.
“So that’s starting to tell us we are not the root cause of this noise issue in the community,” said Herrin. “I believe when the residents tell if there’s a problem, we are not here to question whether or not there’s a problem. The issue is we are not the root cause of the problem.”
Herrin encouraged the mayor and council to put together a noise ordinance that would give industry something measurable so that a compliance officer could go out and do a field test and determine whether a factory is complying.
Conerly said he has researched several jurisdictions that have noise ordinances that newer than Carrollton’s and they provide for a quantitative standard which is measured typically at the at the property line of the receiving property.