Though Councilwoman Karen Thurman stated “I have to admit it’s probably the most entertaining presentation we’ve ever had,” Tim Enloe’s request for a sewer extension to compensate for noise pollution on his property was denied.
A Milton resident for most of his life, Enloe argued the noise pollution from Milton High School’s band practices robbed him and his family of the “peace and quiet” they’ve known. He cited rumbling floors and windows for four hours or more a day.
He presented his grievances to city council, on Monday June 14, via a ten minute video entitled “Silence for Sewers.” In the introduction, Enloe stated “What about the peace and quiet that came with our property that no longer exists?"
Then in bold underlined words, “Equal Treatment” flashed before the screen followed by “What is Noise Pollution?” also bold and underlined. Subsequently, the display offered two quotes: “Noise pollution is unwanted human-created sound that has the effect of being annoying, distracting, painful, or physically harmful.” And quoted from www.noiseoff.org: “People continuously exposed to noise experience hearing loss, elevated stress levels, mood swings, hypertension, depression, lost sleep and productivity.”
MONTANA’S BAR AND GRILL GOT THE SHAFT?
Enloe followed up with how Milton City Council intervened on behalf of resident’s for the excessive noise coming from Montana’s Bar & Grill. “After numerous field trips to Montana’s and $80,000 spent on sound-proofing equipment by the owner, Charles Eubank, the issue was resolved.”
The video showed Enloe dressed as a woman with “Star Wars” music in the background, and she said “We’re going to buy your land for a school,” while holding a gun to a man’s head.
“Since then, life on Bethany has been filled with traffic, trash, and noise,” Enloe said.
The presentation also cited numerous properties being sold in Milton courtesy of Realtor.com:
15385 Tullgean Drive / Milton / 7 acres“Enjoy the serenity and solitude of seven acres.”
15625 Tullgean Drive / Milton / 8.58 acres“Tranquil Equestrian Estate with pastures.”
16450 Hopewell Rd. / Milton / 1.79 acres“Tranquility & charm”
1530 Birmingham Road / Milton / 1.67 acres“Opportunity for sanctuary...”
“It’s obvious to see that “quiet” is a selling point when it comes to purchasing acreage in Milton,” grumbled Enloe.
Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood questioned the validity for sewers on the property due to a noise problem. And Enloe assured him “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the noise.”
“If I were to sell I’d have to disclose the noise. And people may not want to purchase it. So what I’m trying to do is because of my loss due to the noise, compensate for it here (meaning sewers).”
Lockwood explained that a city’s growth “is just part of life.” He continued, “What was fifteen or sixteen years ago is not what is today. I understand where you’re coming from, though.”
To which Enloe responded, “I don’t think you guys realize how bad it is. We didn’t move to the school, the school moved to us. The band sometimes plays from eight o’clock in the morning until eleven at night. And we have to leave the house.”
“I would agree with a lot of what you said, Joe” Enloe persisted. “But, honestly, the noise you hear ain’t like what we got. We’ve been robbed of our peace and quiet. For us, you killed half of the reason for living here. And nobody stepped forward for us. Nobody’s doing anything.” Enloe then added, “It’s hell!”
Councilman Joe Longoria weighed in: “I’m trying to understand. Your presentation makes a couple of assumptions. One asking for equal treatment under the law and that implies that somehow we’re not providing you equal treatment. I’m searching for what it is you’re looking for. You’re also somehow implying that we’re not taking action on the noise issue. I don’t know what action we can take.”
Enloe responded with “I want ya’ll to go meet with the Board of Education and work out something that they’ll compromise on. They might have the power, but that doesn’t mean we have to say ‘I’m not going to try.’ Go to them and say ‘You’re making people miserable around here.’”
The matter involving Montana’s resurfaced again. “In the one case [Montana’s Bar And Grill] we had jurisdiction. In the other we don’t. The Board of Education doesn’t look at the City of Milton in any different light than you -- a resident. So, if you want us to band together and write a letter to the Board of Education that’s certainly something we can do,” Longoria said.
Lockwood then suggested meeting with the new principal of Milton High School and talking to the Board of Education in an attempt to alleviate the situation.
Enloe concluded his argument by saying “I’ve begged and pleaded with a lot of you guys for five years. Let’s stick to the issue. Let’s make it happen, and move on.”
No timeline was established to address Enloe’s plea.