Many in Coventry Say Their Town “Stinks”

by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

(UPDATE: Late Monday Night on a 3 to 2 vote, the Coventry Town Council voted to restrict the hours of asphalt plant operations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Companies that violate the ordinance can be fined).

Hundreds of Coventry neighbors wake up to noise at 7 a.m.

It's from two nearby asphalt plants and that not all.

By noon, one plant was spewing out lots of smoke,

Tammy Duxbury leads the group, C.A.S.E., or Citizens Advocating for a Safe Environment. She says, “I've lived here for 23 years, in this area. The quality of life is basically, there is no quality any longer.”

And sometimes it's even worse. A homeowner shot video at day break, because at times the asphalt making goes on around the clock.

Coventry resident Charlotte Porter says, “They've been operating, 3, 4 O'clock in the morning – where John and I – they're waking us up. It's been a horrifying life. I can't open my windows and get fresh air. “

There are 440 homeowners in the adjacent Westwood Estates.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, “Residents say it's not just the smell and the noise. Dozens of trucks go back and forth each day along Reservoir Road – which is right near Coventry High School – and people say that makes traffic much too dangerous.”

So the Town of Coventry will consider a new ordinance tonight.

It would only allow the asphalt plants to operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Coventry Town Manager Town Hoover said, “The residents can be without the early morning or the late night noise. The asphalt plants can operate as bona fide businesses and everybody sort of gets along.”

But even if the hours are restricted, the group “Citizens Advocating for a Safe Environment” says the fight is not over.

Some complain of ill health, and have concerns about air and water quality.

They've now hired a lawyer.

We were told by Town officials the asphalt plants legally operate in the middle of the night, when the D.O.T. has overnight paving projects.