Noise concern prompts resident to seek answers, resolve ongoing issue

Dave Lein, Editor

ELK RAPIDS – The tranquil winter nights have become a bit less peaceful – again – for residents living along North Bayshore Drive, just north of Elk Rapids.

As the seasonal folks move back down south, water and beach activities cease, and traffic dwindles to the hearty year-round souls, not much can be heard in that area other than wildlife and the nearby waves of Lake Michigan cresting along the shoreline.

However, that tranquility is being interrupted more frequently – primarily over the last two years – and is especially noticeable on winter nights.

“It’s a bit hard to describe,” said Jim Braun, who along with his wife Joanie, live on North Bayshore Drive.

“It’s sort of like living near a racetrack, where you hear the sound or loud hum of racing cars as they pass by – but it’s more constant.”

In a letter to the Elk Rapids Village Council, he described it as being at “an intolerable level,” and labeled it as “noise pollution.”

After making calls over the last two years and sending letters, Braun attended Council’s Dec. 17 meeting to readdress his – and his neighbors’ – concerns.

Why go to the Council?

Because the source of the noise is from the Village’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Speaking to the concern, Village DPW Supervisor Brad Kluczynski said he is aware of the issue and is already taking steps to rectify the situation.

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