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Kernersville Neighborhood Fed up With Noisy Neighbor

12:18 AM, Jan 8, 2014   |    comments
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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- Imagine trying to fall asleep to the sound of metal clanking and machines moving heavy equipment every single night. It's a reality for one neighborhood in Kernersville.

The noises are coming from the Deere Hitachi plant that was built up against a neighborhood in Kernersville. Production started a month ago, and people who live there are already fed up with their new neighbor. "I can hear just about anything that's going on there," said Don Morton.

Deere Hitachi is operating a brand new plant during the first and third shifts right behind Don's home in Kernersville. "We deserve, here on Manorwood Drive, a peaceful, restful night of sleep," said Morton. "That's all we're asking for."

They brought their case to the Board of Alderman Tuesday night. "They're stealing the quiet enjoyment of our lives by having to endure that light and those noises day in and day out," said one Kernersville resident.

"The traffic was going to be away from Manorwood, well now the traffic is in Manorwood's backyard and front yard," said another resident.

The Board told the crowded room that Deere Hitachi is taking steps to reduce the disturbances. Board members also said they're documenting complaints.

Don is skeptical anything will change. "I'm all for economic development, I'm all for bringing jobs to the community, but right is right and wrong is wrong, and this is wrong."

Neighbors even suggested building a wall to separate the neighborhood from the plant. They were told it's not cost effective.

Neighbors say they'll continue to pressure the city until something is done.

WFMY News 2's Chad Silber talked to someone at Deere Hitachi on Tuesday. He was told that someone else would have to answer his questions. He hasn't heard back from them yet.

In October, Deere Hitachi announced it's expanding. At the time, they said they'd create at least 340 jobs by the end of 2016.

WFMY News 2

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