FORTY FORT – The noise from warehouse delivery trucks servicing Dunkin’ Donuts is creating a disturbance and keeping residents awake at night, Yates Street residents Jeff and Carol McLaughlin told council Monday.
They presented a petition signed by 14 Yates and Wesley street residents bothered by the noise, which they said occurs daily from 2:45 a.m. to 4:45 a.m.
Eric May, co-owner of Dunkin’ Donuts, told council that the early morning deliveries are necessary because his business opens at 5 a.m.
“I cannot operate my business without product on my shelf when we open,” he said.
He and his sister, Heather May, opened the business in 2006. The location of the business is zoned commercial.
Council president Joe Chacke told the Mc Laughlins that the borough’s solicitor, Sam Falcone would review the borough’s noise ordinance.
In another matter, borough resident Ed Brennan appealed to the tree commission on behalf of his friend, Gary Wolosz, who owns a property on Arlington Road. He said the roots of a red maple on the tree lawn in front of Wolosz’ property are tearing through Wolosz’ sewage system and buckling the sidewalk.
Wolosz, who lives out of state and rents the property, will pay for the removal of the tree, repairs to the sidewalk and a replacement tree, Brennan said.
His request to cut the tree down was previously denied by the borough’s tree commission.
Commission chairwoman Carol Seltzer said his request was denied because the tree was determined to be healthy.
Chacke told Brennan that Wolosz would have to file a formal appeal, which council would then review and make a determination.
In other business, council passed the first reading of the proposed 2009 budget. Other than a $2.50 recycling fee increase, there are no tax increases in the $1.3 million spending plan. Council is expected to pass the budget at a special meeting on Dec. 15 at 7:15 p.m.