Letter to the Editor - The unknown cost of highway #9 passing lanes

In mid-September of 2019 a local road building company decided to excavate their property for gravel, approximately 40 acres, which they most certainly have the right to do. The excavation went on up until December 20th of 2019. Then again for one more week across the road to the south of us 1520 feet from our front door. The problem, lies to where they placed the gravel crusher and sand piles exactly across road from our home (300 feet from our house). Industrial lights, heavy noise, silica sand infiltrating our home and everything in it as well covering the exterior, our cattle and contaminating the hay bales. This R.M. has a noise bylaw that was signed when it was passed. They knew what was going on and they have to sign permits for those trucks to use these roads. They also knew how this noise was affecting us, we called to complain, meet with them, to no avail. The noise continued for 24 hours a day for a total of 91 consecutive days. It appears this R.M. does not enforce their own bylaws and puts their ratepayers in harm’s way due to noise pollution. This noise bylaw may be found on google. What was to be the last week of work taking place in such close proximity to our home an offer to compensate for alternate accommodations, noise and inconvenience was offered for these last ten days. However, before releasing the offer we were asked to sign a release that only favoured the provider and gave us no recourse. The work continues 24 hours a day, as does the lack of sleep. To understand what we are going through try this at home. WAIT until your loved one goes to bed, next fill metal can part way with stones, lay it by your loved ones ear use a heavy piece of metal and bang the hell out of it. Make sure you add the sound effects and be sure to shine a bright light in their eyes. Do this for 24 hours a day for 91 days. WHAT WE ARE ENDURING IS CRUEL DEPLORABLE AND INHUMANE.

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Quoting our Prime Minister “WE MUST DO BETTER”
June Falkowski, Yorkton, Sask.

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