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Early-morning racket banned in Eagle

Kathy Heicher
Vail, CO Colorado
Kathy Heicher/EnterpriseNeighbors' concerns about construction noise at the Brush Creek Village project prompted the town of Eagle to limit work hours.

EAGLE ” Annoyed by the relentless back-up beeping of heavy construction vehicles? Head pounding from the continuous sound of hammers knocking against wood?

The Eagle Town Board has approved an ordinance that could give some relief to citizens living in construction zones. The law, which will become effective on Sept. 23, limits construction activities to specific days and times.

Monday through Friday, construction can roll from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday’s hours are a bit shorter, with a 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. window.

Outside construction is prohibited on Sundays; although finish work and related activities are permitted within enclosed buildings from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. There is an emergency clause, which permits exceptions to the time limits.

Construction includes not only the operation of power equipment and noisy vehicles, but also loud talking, laughing, singing, music, deliveries, and the running of motors, engines, or generators.

The new law is published in this week’s Eagle Valley Enterprise.

Laurie Dusenberry of Eagle said she welcomes the new regulation. In fact, it was a complaint from she and her husband, Doug, that prompted the drafting of the ordinance. The Dusenberrys live in the Orchards subdivision. Their lot borders the currently under construction Brush Creek Village project, an 80-unit, high-density townhouse development adjacent to the Eagle Ice Rink.

Dusenberry said she and her husband, who have three small children, were dealing with constant construction noise, and earth-pounding work that was shaking their house.

“It was so loud ” sometimes starting at 6 a.m. There’s beeping, and banging, and dust is a big issue. When the house was shaking at 6:30 a.m., something’s got to give,” Dusenberry said. “It is absolutely a problem. We needed to change it.

She said the Town Board initially suggested that the Dusenberrys pass a petition; but then agreed that was unnecessary.

“They listened. People (in the neighborhood) were so happy,” said Dusenberry.

In approving the ordinance, Town Board members said enforcement would be handled on a complaint basis.

“This is a live-and-let-live ordinance,: board member Ed Woodland said.

The town staff said information about construction hours would be handed out with building permits.

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