Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Village considers suing firm over noise



By Jennifer Edwards
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MARIEMONT - Marion Molski moved to this quaint eastern Hamilton County village for the tranquil life.

But she says she is being awakened in the middle of the night by machinery at a rail-yard transfer station in neighboring Columbia Township.

Molski and several neighbors this week urged the Village Council to sue Bulkmatic Transport Co. if the company doesn't immediately tone it down.

"We love our little village. We just want it to be quieter," Molski, 39, said. "It's a huge area of the population that hears this very offensive and quite loud, dull roar. Sometimes it's really loud and sometimes it's not. But it's an awful problem, and I really want something done as soon as possible."

Officials at both Bulkmatic's Wooster Road location and Griffin, Ind., headquarters declined comment Tuesday.

Mariemont officials say the noise problem has been going on for about eight years, but over the last several months has worsened.

The noise, which residents have measured to be at least between 70 and 80 decibels, is produced when trucks hook up to the rail cars and use a vacuum to transfer plastic pellets and flour into their tankers.

Edward McTigue, Mariemont's solicitor, has sent Bulkmatic's president, Albert Bingham, a letter that gives Bulkmatic "one final opportunity" to come into compliance with the Hamilton County noise level regulations.

Mariemont officials and residents claim the transport company is violating the regulations.

Mariemont officials said Bulkmatic told them a response is forthcoming.

Mayor Dan Policastro favors legal action, as does Councilman Doug Adams.

"It just doesn't sound like a very good neighbor to anybody," Policastro said. "The last thing I want to do is file a lawsuit, but I really don't think we have any choice."

E-mail jedwards@enquirer.com.




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