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Canterbury neighbors floored over truck trips


Canterbury town officials said a gravel operation is violating its permits and regulations and have issued a cease-and-desist order while filing a lawsuit against the company.

However, the excessive trucking has not stopped.

The cease-and-desist order limits truckloads to 26 a day on Wauregan Road, but neighbors said they see a few hundred a day.

However, the excessive traffic has caused neighbors just yards away to grow frustrated with the noise.

"What I hear is constant thunder from about 7 a.m. in the morning until 4 p.m. in the afternoon," said neighbor Victoria Lewis.

Canterbury First Selectman Brian Sear told Eyewitness News that he agrees with residents in the area, which led the town to file the cease-and-desist order.

However, Sear said the business has continued to ignore the order and the town has no way to enforce it.

The owner of LaFramboise Sand and Stone Wayne LaFramboise told Eyewitness News that his company has operated at its current location since the late '80s and always with this kind of activity.

"We're just doing our job and trying to keep going in this rough economy," LaFramboise said.

LaFramboise's attorney said all of the cease-and-desist orders are currently under appeal and at least three civil lawsuits were pending over the interpretation of the permits.

The attorney said that the 26 truckload number doesn't even apply in this situation because they're coming down a private driveway.

According to the attorney, the original agreement with the town said while using Wauregan Road, there would be truck limits, but not when using Haul Road.

The idea behind the agreement was to keep traffic off of Wauregan Road, however, LaFramboise said he has nothing to say to the neighbors who have 100 trucks going past their houses every day.

While the town's lawsuits are pending, neighbors said they're looking into filing one of their own.

"I'm not trying to stop business, none of us are," Lewis said. "What we're trying to do is preserve our lifestyle and our homes and our families."

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