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Chatham Co. approves early morning Isle of Hope construction

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On Friday, the Chatham County Commission passed the noise variance to allow construction companies to start at 4 a.m. for the new Isle of Hope K-8 School.

Crews now have the permission to start construction as early as 4 in the morning for the main purposes of pouring concrete.

This variance allows work to start 3 hours earlier than it normally would at 7 a.m. because of the hot summer days. Contractors wanted to be able to pour concrete as early in the morning as possible.

Well no one is excited about construction at so early, but the general consensus is, the sooner it gets done, the sooner it's over.

"There might be a kaboom every now and then and you jump out of your seat thinking what shot gun has gone off and then you realize it's the school yard," resident Alexandra Bowers said. "Even if I was working and had to wake up at 6, I would not want to be woken up at 4 in the morning to the construction. I realize we need the new school – I'm all for it."

The matter originally came up at the last board meeting, but commissioners wanted to be able to get public input before deciding.

On Friday, commissioners approved the variance for seven pours of concrete, meaning there will only be seven days of 4 a.m. wake up calls, and they won't be consecutive days.

"There was one meeting and the general consensus of the people who attended which I later found out where not some of the people who were in close proximity was that they wanted the variance so that they could get this over with and get construction trucks out of the area," Commissioner Helen Stone said.

These pour will start next month, and will be finished before September.

Isle of Hope residents are preparing for some earlier wake-up calls this summer now that the county commission has made an exception to allow construction to start as early as 4 a.m.

Residents aren't excited about construction starting so early, but the general consensus is, the sooner it gets done, the sooner it's over.

"There might be a kaboom every now and then, and you jump out of your seat thinking what shotgun has gone off, and then you realize it's the school yard," said Isle of Hope resident Alexandra Bowers.

Bowers is not too excited that the noise is now going to start at 4 a.m. for a short period of time.

"Even if I was working and had to wake up at 6 a.m., I would not want to be woken up at four in the morning to the construction," said Bowers. "I realize we need the new school, I'm all for it. I'm just not for 4 a.m. construction in the morning."

Also, the commission chairman has introduced the idea of naming the Chatham County Courthouse after Tom Coleman. The exact name has not been decided yet, but expects to have a resolution on it in 30 days.

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