RALEIGH, N.C. -
A panel of Raleigh City Councilors have threatened an asphalt company with possible fines if a new zoning application is not submitted within 45 days, along with plans to mitigate noise on the property after residential neighbors complained.
The noise complaints were the subject of a Raleigh City Council Law and Public Safety Committee hearing on Tuesday. Turner Asphalt opened their facility directly behind the Redcrest townhouses a couple of years ago. Since then, neighbors have called police dozens of times to complain about noise, sometimes even as early as 4:45 in the morning.
Corissa Snelick says a quiet location was one of the reasons she bought her home there a few years ago, located off Ebenezer Church Road, but she had no idea a paving company would move in within a few feet of her backyard.
"You're trying to sleep at, you know, 5:15 in the morning, 5:30 in the morning, and you hear banging, people talking. I can't sleep with my windows open," Snelick said.
"Loud banging noises, trucks backing up beeping," homeowner Nikhil Parekh said. "You hear lift equipment and heavy machinery being loaded onto trucks, people screaming and yelling."
A Turner Asphalt representative declined to speak on camera, but told councilors they've installed a tall fence, told drivers not to load trucks so early in the morning and even installed cameras.
"Besides security reasons, we've also done it to know if someone is doing something after hours that they shouldn't be doing in terms of noise," Andrew Reynolds with Turner Asphalt told councilors.
City Councilors and staff said that was not enough, claiming the heavy industrial activities are not even allowed without proper permits. In fact, Turner was cited for improper zoning just last year.
"You need to conform to the rules and that's what we're asking you to do," City Councilor Mary-Ann Baldwin said.
Neighbors aren't holding their breath.
"They were supposed to put up trees. They never did," Snelick said. "I just don't feel like they've done anything to, kind of, rectify the situation."
The committee will take up the issue again in two months.
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