At last – relief from the early morning beep-beep-beep in Basalt |

At last – relief from the early morning beep-beep-beep in Basalt

Scott CondonAspen, CO Colorado

BASALT Chalk up a small victory for peace and quiet in this construction-crazy valley.Basalt officials took a step Tuesday night to eliminate the annoying early morning beep-beep-beep of construction equipment in some circumstances.As part of an update of the building regulations in the municipal code, the Basalt Town Council approved a provision that prohibits use of heavy equipment with back-up alarms before 8 a.m. in residential neighborhoods.Use of heavy equipment with the back-up beeps can still start at 7 a.m. in commercial zones and mixed-use areas such as the Willits Town Center, according to Jim Wilson, the town’s chief building official.Construction noise of all types – beeps and otherwise – is prohibited on Sundays and major holidays. On workdays, noise from a job site is supposed to cease by 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.Municipal officials in Basalt and other towns in the valley say they regularly receive complaints about construction noise. Who hasn’t slept in after a late night of work or play only to be awakened by the steady, shrill sound of an alarm for equipment backing up?Wilson told the council that enforcement of the regulation prohibiting beeps in residential areas before 8 a.m. will be handled on a complaint basis. Contractors will be made aware of the new regulation when they acquire building permits.Once a grace period is finished to get contractors acquainted with the new rule, violators will be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, up to one year in jail or some combination of the two.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is