Proposed wash sparks concern for Waterville residents

Proposed wash sparks concern for Waterville residents

WATERVILLE, Maine — Yellow Dog Car Wash plans to stay open 24/7, causing local apprehension over noise levels.

WATERVILLE, Maine — Residents located near a proposed car and dog wash asked the city’s planning board not to approve a site plan until the wash shows proof that it won’t exceed levels listed in the city’s noise ordinance, according to

Jerald Hurdle, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, proposed the site of the former A.L. Weeks & Sons auto body shop as the location for the Yellow Dog Car Wash, the article stated.

Several residents said they were concerned about noise from the wash, the article continued, which would stay open 24/7.

According to Nick Champagne, an engineer for A.E. Hodsdon Engineers, which represents Hurdle, sound buffer boards would be built inside the wash’s equipment room to reduce noise levels, the article reported.

“[City] board member Alicia Barnes … said the blowers in the vacuum cleaners alone would be 94 decibels, according to the manufacturer’s website,” the article noted. “[Waterville’s] noise ordinance stipulates that commercial entities produce no more than 65 decibels from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and no more than 55 decibels from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.”

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