Stonington resident seeks to silence overnight snowblowers

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STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The sound of snowblowers can be heard throughout southeastern Connecticut on this day after the third nor’easter to hit the state.

But in Stonington one resident is hoping to silence that sound in the overnight hours.

The Board of Selectmen will consider a request to ban the use of snowblowers between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

The person making the request is upset about a neighbor who used a snowblower at 2:00 a.m. and wants the town’s nuisance ordinance amended.

“Might be just getting home from work so he’s got to do it or he gets fined for not having it done,” said resident Ray Allen, Sr.

He says it wouldn’t bother him if his neighbor had to clear his snow after midnight.

“So he don’t have to do when it’s frozen up ice or whatever. He’s got to do it late at night,” said Allen. “Even though it’s a nuisance a noise. It’s something that’s not done all the time.”

“Sometimes people work different shifts. I mean I don’t think they’re doing it on purpose to be annoying either. Just they’re doing it when they can,” said resident Michelle Hallisey.

The reason for the late night snowblowing has not been revealed yet but an amendment to the ordinance wouldn’t only apply to that so-called nuisance neighbor. It could affect every resident.

The town’s ordinance prohibits unreasonably loud, disturbing, and unnecessary noise which can be heard inside a home before 6 a.m. and after 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and before 8 a.m. and after 10 p.m. on Sunday. There are exceptions for things like snow-removal equipment and emergency generators at anytime that they are being used because of power outages.

Andrea Carey’s next door neighbors use a snowblower after each storm and if it’s two in the morning. She’s says that’s okay.

“It doesn’t bother me. It’s not noisy and they stop. It doesn’t take forever,” said Carey.

Wednesday night’s board of selectmen meeting is being held at 7 p.m. at the police station.

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