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W.V. may fine firm over late-night noise

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WEST VALLEY CITY -- West Valley is prepared to fine an I-15 subcontractor because of repeated complaints of operating too late.

City officials will send a letter today warning the concrete-manufacturing company Basic Precast, which makes beams for freeway overpasses, that the city will review the provisions of a permit that limited the hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Machinery and trucks can run only between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.Yet the grinding noise is heard after 10 some nights, said Tracee Huddleston, who lives on China Clay Drive in Kearns, across the street from the company at 6000 West and 5400 South.

"All we ask is to be able to sleep at night," she said.

Todd Jensen, spokesman for Basic Precast, said they are willing to iron out concerns.

"We are trying to continue to work with them," he said. About six months ago the company started to do substantial work for Wasatch Constructors, the company doing the I-15 reconstruction.

Jensen admitted the company, at times, works beyond 6 p.m. But it has built a 10-foot berm to mitigate the noise.

The city granted Basic Precast a conditional-use permit in October 1997, restricting the hours of operation and requiring the company to build a berm to minimize noise.

Problems have been over the noise.

City Manager John Patterson said the company hasn't been cooperative. He sympathizes with neighbor complaints, he added.

"We are going to do everything we possibly can do to get compliance," Patterson said.

Basic Precast's I-15 work is far from over.

Wasatch Constructors, the company that hired Basic Precast to build beams, will be building bridges for the next 16 months.

"We believe Basic Precast will be a good neighbor and will fulfill contract obligations with us," said Carol Provenzano, the director of communications for Wasatch Constructor.

Part of the problem, she said, is that Wasatch Constructors is allowed to close the freeway when traffic is at its lowest -- from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays and 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekends.

That's the time when Basic Precast beams get placed on the highway, she added.

Jared Campbell, the city's zoning administrator, said the city will hold a meeting to review the provisions of the conditional-use permit. If the company doesn't comply, the permit could be revoked, he said.