Prepared by Micah M. White for Why War?
Please visit the Official Website of Bates Troy Noisy Neighbor for exhaustive detail about this campaign. Or, learn more about their attempts to revoke Bates Troy's permits at Bates Troy Noisy Neighbor, Bates Troy Noise Polluters, Inc and Bates Troy Dirty Neighbor.
According to Bates Troy Noisy Neighbor:
"Our complaint is simple and the remedy is even simplier. We accuse Bates Troy of spewing noise pollution into the quiet, idyllic community of Fritz Wallenberg Park and Recreation Park in Binghamton, NY. We demand that Bates Troy Dry Cleaner cease all noise disturbances immediately and apologize to their community for being a Noisy Neighbor. We promise to vigorously pursue this campaign until Bates Troy agrees to silence the fans.
Bates Troy Cleaners, located at 151 Laurel Ave, is disturbing the peace of their neighbors with constant, loud ventilation fans that start roaring at 5:30am every weekday. The noise inevitably causes headaches, irratation and lack of concentration in healthy, normal adults. It also has unknown detrimental effects on birds, small children and the elderly.
Bates Troy is in violation of the City of Binghamton Noise Control Ordinance which states:
It is the public policy of the City that every person is entitled to ambient noise levels that are not detrimental to life, health and enjoyment of his or her property. It is hereby declared that the making, creation or maintenance of excessive or unreasonable noises within the City affects and is a menace to public health, comfort, convenience, safety, welfare and the prosperity of the people of the City.The City of Binghamton explicitly prohibits the noise levels that are produced by Bates Troy:
Prohibited acts: (11) Any excessive or unusually loud sound which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of a reasonable person of normal sensibilities.
Bates Troy Healthcare Linens has a problem. Their ventilation fans produce a constant noise that is louder than the limits set down by the City of Binghamton code which says that a business may not produce noise levels above 55 dBa as measured at a resident's home (see Table 1, Chapter 410-24 B). Therefore, their fans are illegal! A fact they can't ignore.
On August 2, 2008 we called Bates Troy to ask them to kindly turn down their fans. Their response? They hung up on us. That is an unacceptable response to a reasonable request. Since they have chosen not to respect their neighbors, the health of the residents and the City of Binghamton legal code, we have embarked on this campaign."
Learn more at Bates Troy Noisy Neighbor