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Neighbors complain about noise near Southington middle school

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Neighbors complain about noise near Southington middle school (WFSB) Neighbors complain about noise near Southington middle school (WFSB)
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Residents closest to John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville said a $48 million renovation project is keeping them up at night.

The noise is coming from air conditioning units at the school, which can be heard from the street, and sounds like someone is constantly vacuuming.

It can be tuned out, but when the generators get going, there is no ignoring that.

Those who live in the area of Milldale Avenue and Werking Street said they are being kept awake at night, and started a petition.

“You can hear the fans kick in now. It’ll drive you out of the house,” said neighbor Rick Daley, who started the petition. “It bounces off the 30 foot concrete brick wall and just fills this whole valley.”

His petition has 30 signatures, and asks the school to do something to curb the noise.

“You can actually feel the windows vibrating and the noise goes right through the whole house,” Daley said.

Eyewitness News used a sound level meter to track the decibel level. It registered in the upper 80s, closest to the units.

That is comparable to the sounds of normal city traffic.

“If you think that's loud, the generator is twice that loud,” Daley said.

Daley has gone to the schools with the petition, but hasn’t heard back.

Eyewitness News made multiple calls to the superintendent of schools, but has not heard back either.

Town officials said they are looking into planting some trees to insulate some of the noise, while long-term solutions are in the planning stage.

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