District staff target noise

Some noisy early-morning contractors are causing a ruckus in Coldstream.

Some noisy early-morning contractors are causing a ruckus in Coldstream.

The district has received several complaints from residents about machinery and equipment being fired up at around 6:30 a.m. in a Middleton Mountain development.

“Our start time is 7 a.m.,” said Keri-Ann Austin, director of corporate administration. “We expect our contractors and people we work with to adhere to that.”

Although the bylaw enforcement officer has visited the site frequently and issued a ticket, which was later reduced to a warning, the problem is trying to catch individuals in the act.

“It’s difficult to ticket when you’re not there to see what’s going on,” said Austin, as staff do not start shifts that early.

But that could soon change as Coldstream looks at adjusting some of the officer’s shifts which will hopefully deter the early morning starts.

“Word would get out that he may just show up from time to time,” said Coun. Pat Cochrane.

Residents can also play a role by video recording, with audio and a time stamp of some sort, any contraventions to the noise bylaw.

“We can use that as evidence,” said Austin.

Residents are also reminded that it is OK for contractors to show up at the job site early. They just can’t start equipment until 7 a.m.