Linda Q. Smyth
Chairman: Recently, I was contacted by one of my constituents
after she endured the noise associated with 6.5 hours of night
work (from 11 pm until 5:30 am) on Arlington Blvd westbound.
Milling and paving are often done throughout our county and
in this case, the constituent was fully supportive of doing
this work at night.
in this case, only four days of notice were given to the community
and to my office. It is my understanding that, as part of
the noise variance being granted, staff suggests that the
contractor "limit the amount of backing up of vehicles
and equipment." Unfortunately, in the case to which I
refer, much of the backing up noise occurred in the early
hours of the morning and kept residents from sleeping.
must note that the process by which Supervisors' offices participate
in evaluating sections of road for night work is adequate.
This motion serves only to evaluate and possibly refine the
notification process for affected residents.
I move that staff in the Department of Planning and Zoning
evaluate the noise variance process as it relates to notification
of affected residents and ask that the County Executive forward
this evaluation to the Board.