Council revisits noise ordinance
June 4, 2010
Snyderville Basin resident Bob Berube is fed up with truck drivers making deliveries too early at Redstone. In Summit County, deliveries are prohibited between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.
"I’ve been awakened as early as 4:30 a.m. by trucks with refrigeration units running, rumbling down Redstone Center Drive right outside the bedroom windows of all Fox Point condos located over commercial space," Berube told the Summit County Council Wednesday. "They’re usually there for 10 to 15 minutes."
Drivers in the Snyderville Basin have not received citations when they have made deliveries too early.
"I’ve been out there with Sheriff’s Office deputies about a dozen times," Berube said. "It has been a real thorn in my side."
Summit County Councilman Chris Robinson wants that to change. Sheriff’s Office deputies should begin ticketing drivers who break the rules, he said.
"I struggle with not enforcing what’s on the books Right now, we have an ordinance that we are not enforcing," Robinson said. "If all of the sudden they start to get cited for delivering it before 7 a.m. the trucking company would soon get the message."
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The County Council tabled the issue Wednesday, choosing not make a decision on the proposal to change the noise ordinance. The new rules would allow deliveries before 6 a.m. in commercial areas in Summit County.
The current noise ordinance drew fire from some people on the East Side of Summit County.
"The county is not just Park City, nor just for the residents of Park City," Coalville resident Denny Wright said.
Noise from delivery trucks, helicopters and construction sites should not be tightly regulated by the county, Wright said.
"You’ve got to think deep on that," Wright told members of the Summit County Council. "To me [the ordinance] is a job killer. It’s an economic killer."
According to South Summit resident Nadine Gillmor, "this (noise) ordinance is restrictive past the point of being logical."
"People need to make a living and doggone it we’re going to make some noise," Gillmor said.
The ordinance exempts noise from agricultural operations and machinery used to remove snow.
There have been a handful of formal complaints filed about noise at Kimball Junction.
"We don’t need an ordinance to satisfy a few," Gillmor said.
Summit County Councilwoman Claudia McMullin agreed. She does not want officials to crack down on delivery drivers until a decision is made on the noise ordinance.
"We need to vet this issue and kind of stand down until we get it worked out," McMullin said.
Those who move in next to Redstone should expect commotion, she said.
"If you buy near a restaurant you’re going to expect that the restaurant is going to have deliveries," McMullin said.