Cleanup crews agree to modify hours after noise complaint

Cleanup crews agree to modify hours after noise complaint
Jerry Colson (Source: WALB)
Jerry Colson (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A concerned Albany resident reached out to WALB after a sleepless night Sunday night.

Jerry Colson lives off of Madison and 5th Avenue.

He called to tell us that early Monday morning around 2:30, he heard cleanup crews grinding debris.

WALB reached out to the city to see what could be done about the noise, while crews race to clear debris by the April 1 deadline.

WALB News 10's Catherine Patterson called the Assistant City Manager Phil Roberson to explain Colson's concerns.

Surprisingly, Roberson said this is one of the first complaints they've received about storm cleanup noise complaints, but that he would work to do something about it.

Within just a couple of hours, Roberson said he reached out to the two storm debris removal and collection companies, Ceres Environmental and Tetra Tech.

He asked both to modify the hours workers grind debris.

He heard back from the Ceres Operating Manager who said they will now modify their hours to 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

It's a change Colson was relieved to hear.

"I couldn't believe it was that quick and how accommodating they were as well," said Colson. "We worked out where they can close down the grinding after a certain hour and allow the residents to sleep."

Colson said he was surprised to hear he was the first to complain, but he said that could possibly be because people didn't believe there was anything they could do about it.

He said this is proof that you can make a difference.

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