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Lyndeborough selectmen push to curb logging noise

Union Leader Correspondent

July 29. 2014 8:15PM
A Lyndeborough resident met with selectmen last week, seeking relief by way of a noise ordinance, as two timber companies have been working near his Crooked S Road home this summer. (KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS/Union Leader Correspondent)

LYNDEBOROUGH — Resident Mark Altner has heard enough and was before the Board of Selectmen on July 23 to seek relief by requesting a noise ordinance.

Logging operations surrounding Altner’s Crooked S Road home this year and in previous years prompted him to come forward to complain.

Town Administrator Russ Boland told the board his office had received several complaints about logging operations besides Altner’s.

In 2010, a six-week logging operation with a staging area 200 feet from Altner’s windows was unbearable, but he held his tongue. This summer, two timber companies are cutting on Crooked S Road and Herrick Road with Altner’s house sandwiched between them and have revved up the truck engines too early in his opinion. Four more logging operations were approved at the July 23 meeting, which means a lot more chain saws and large trucks making noise in the otherwise peaceful country setting.

“I’m here to discuss an issue with quality of life concerns of noise generated by specifically timbering companies,” said Altner.

Altner has no problems with neighbors who are logging or the logging companies making money, but the unnecessary noise is too much.

“There are people who need to sleep at night or are sick, and we can’t have this. I’m talking about loud and unreasonable noise when it is not appropriate, and (I) want them to be courteous,” Altner said.

The board said the noise problem can be addressed under the disorderly conduct statute, RSA 622:2-A. Police patrols will increase to ensure compliance.

After hearing complaints, police have dealt with trucks idling as early as 4:30 a.m. in the neighborhoods. Operations must adhere to the 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. work hours recognized by the courts and practice a good neighbor policy.

Residents have reported an improvement with operations starting closer to 7 a.m. now.

Town Administrator Russ Boland plans to draft a letter outlining the statute and hours of operation and request companies comply with a good neighbor policy and attach it to future intent to cut permits. In 2013, the town authorized 12 intent to cut permits. With 2014 about half over, the town has already signed 14 permits.


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