Residents within earshot of the new Wiarton Foodland store at 445 Berford Street, next to the Tim Hortons outlet, may have to put up with some construction noise into the evening and perhaps overnight, which is outside the perameters of the municipality's noise bylaw.
The contractors on site, have been granted an exemption to that bylaw, by a 3-2 vote by South Bruce Peninsula Councillors for a period beginning this Thursday, November 19th and ending on November 30th.
The exemption comes so the company can pour and finish the interior concrete floor of the building which is currently under construction.
The bylaw states construction noise and equipment needs to be shut down by 9 PM of any night and not resume until 7 AM.
The exemption will allow contractors to continue work during after hours.
Deputy Mayor Jay Kirkland, who voted in favour, says anyone familiar with construction knows that once the process of pouring a concrete floor begins, it has to continue to completion without any stops.
Kirkland says the floor area will be about 32,000 square feet.
He suggests there may not be any disturbing noise to be heard anyway, since the work will be done inside the building but the contractor was just covering all the bases.
Kirkland says he's pleased approval was given because Councillors should be seen as working with developers who help create jobs in the community.
The new Foodland would employ 70 people year round with an increase to 110 during the summer.
Councillor Craig Gammie voted against the exemption, not so much because of the noise factor, but because protocol wasn't followed in going after the exemption.
Gammie says the bylaw states, anyone wishing an exemption must present their case before council by delegation.
He says that didn't happen and so he didn't get an opportunity to challenge the contractor as to why an exemption is needed.
Gammie says, in essence, the town is contravening its own bylaw.
The first phase of the concrete pouring is expected to go early into the morning hours on November 19th and the second phase is expected on November 25th.
The dates are weather dependent.