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Mayor Regrets Decision To Invite Noisy Neighbors

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By Gordon Dill

It was a problem for Steve Pearson when the trees were full of summer leaves and it's no better 9 months later.

"Nothing's changed. It's just now we can see it," Pearson said.

A few doors down, another neighbor in the same Fountain Inn community has an even better view of a scrap yard nearby.

"Oh I don't think anything's going to happen I really don't," said Perry Dostall.

7 On Your Side met these men last year, not long after a new scrapyard moved in without notice or public hearing.

They were loading and unloading rail cars at all hours of the night, too close to their homes, too loud to sleep.  They asked the city for help and weren't satisfied with the response.

Now, months later, the mayor admits he should have anticipated the problem.

"Do you regret allowing that business in?," 7 On Your Side asked.

"Yes I do. For those people I certainly do. I think the jobs were wonderful but we don't appreciate the noise it was sold to us a little differently i don't know if we were misled but we didn't see it"

Neighbors asked for help with a noise ordinance and, we're told the scrapyard has made efforts to quiet down.  The business stops at 10pm each night.  Still, like clockwork, it's running again the next morning at 6am.

Fountain Inn has no ordinance regulating scrap yards, no controls on the daytime noise, no limits on how close a metal business can be built to someone's existing back yard.

The mayor said the city should have done more homeword before allowing the company to move in.

"We knew it was going to be recycling but we didn't know to the extent and so shame on us for not being i guess a little more up to date," the mayor said.

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