Southwire Claims To Not Be Root Cause of Plaguing Noise

Carrollton Ga -- A Southwire official on Monday insisted his company's machinery is not the "root cause" behind a humming noise that has allegedly been disrupting residents in a nearby neighborhood during the wee hours of the morning for over a year.
During his explanation of why he thinks the problem stems from somewhere else at Monday's Carrollton City Council meeting, Executive Vice President and President of Southwire's Industrial Division, Jeff Herrin, also encouraged Carrollton City Council to update the city's noise ordinance. Suggesting that the current ordinance, which dates back to at least 1975, makes it difficult for a plant officer or codes enforcer to measure noise quantitatively.
The noise issue for the residents of The Cottages of Carrollton community was brought to Council's attention in 2016. Since that time, the City of Carrollton, including City Councilman Gerald Byrd, have attempted to resolve the issue. On Monday, resident Marcelle Roy said the problem still exists and that the noise at times was so troubling that many residents could not sleep and some were considering selling their properties.
While no other possibility was suggested for the noise, Herrin said company officials are convinced that it could no longer be from their equipment. Herrin said changes have been made over recent months to lower the decibel levels to accommodate area residents but a couple of incidents convinced them that they were not the root cause.
Herrin shared his findings, "What convinced us we were not the root cause of the noise issue in the community, is we got a correspondence that said things have been really good for three days and this was in mid October. And then on October the 14th or 15th, we shut the plant down for safety meetings. So while the plant was down we got a report that the noise was unbearable. We can't correlate anything, but here at a time when the noise should be as good as it has ever been, we are getting complaints. So it is starting to tell us that we are not the root cause of this noise issue in the community."   
Herrin said again in later October that the company was shut down for inventory. Yet, once again,  noise complaints were communicated.
He concluded that they do believe there is a problem but they are not the root cause.
Carrollton City Attorney Chuck Conerly said city officials will work toward updating the city's noise ordinance in 2018.
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