Lyndeborough selectmen push to curb logging noise
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)
Logging operations surrounding Altner’s Crooked S Road home this year and in previous years prompted him to come forward to complain.
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.
Altner has no problems with neighbors who are logging or the logging companies making money, but the unnecessary noise is too much.
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.
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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