In reference to Mr. Hustead's letter of 6/18: My wife and I have wandered all over the area in question, being interested in the perceived problem -- this on a number of different days.
Last week, we acquired the use of a sound meter that measures sound emissions. Yes, this has already been done by others; in fact, by professional sound engineers. I am not an engineer, but I am very curious.
We measured the sound of three heavy duty trucks -- a ready-mix truck, an eighteen-wheel dump body, and a semi at local properties, measuring the sound at 50 feet and 100 feet.
We then stopped at a coffee shop to go over what we had learned. Well, the coffee shop sound was measured at 10 decibels less than a truck at 100 feet -- about the distance of a truck at the curb in front of a house.
Ah, but I wander ...
If one builds near a truck stop, one will hear the sounds of trucks.
If one builds near an industrial zone, one may well expect to hear the sound of industry.
Fred Vandu Werf, Payson