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Pole peeler neighbours plot next course of action

Duncan Bay Road residents, who say a pole peeler plant is destroying their livelihood, held a neighbourhood meeting Sunday night to plot their next move.

Tracey Deller, owner of Blue Spruce Home Park, hosted nearly 50 neighbours to discuss the pole plant at 5301 Duncan Bay Road.

Homeowners living near the plant say the pole peeler emits a high-pitch screech as the debarker peels the logs.

Corinne Matheson, who lives up the street from the plant, likens the pole peeler to “Chinese water torture.”

Matheson said no major decisions came out of Sunday’s public meeting but a discussion to sue the city is ongoing.

“We are seeking legal advice and have been talking to lawyers,” Matheson confirmed.

The city meanwhile has requested pole plant owner Northern Pressure Treated Wood Ltd. implement recommendations from a sound consultant’s report to reduce the noise of the log peeler. The recommendations include reducing the area of the log in-and-out feed openings, and enclosing the log in-and-out feeds openings with insulated tunnels.

Peter Wipper, city clerk, says the city is still waiting for a response from the owner, but company president Mike McCollough says the company has already done enough; his pole peeler operation is under a heavy insulated building, an extra measure Northern Pressure Treated Wood took to abate the noise.

“We all want this pole plant gone from this neighbourhood,” Matheson says. “Not just a band aid put on it to try and cut the noise a bit, which will not make any difference as we will still hear it.”

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