Why The Door Stop Issue Won't Go Away



In an April 18 article in the Payson Roundup, reporter Felicia Megdal interviewed Dennis Romain while she measured noise (presumably Door Stop noise) in Romain's home.

This is the same Romain who has publicly compared Door Stop noise to a Mack truck and a chain saw.

Felicia measured noise in Romain's home, 5 feet from an open window, at 57DB. According to OSHA this is typical for a quiet suburb or a private office. Felicia then closed the window and measured noise at 48DB. The "League for the Hard of Hearing" defines 48DB as typical range for a library. OSHA places chain saws in the 120DB range, dozens of times louder than a private office and infinitely louder than a library.

These comparisons to Mack trucks and chain saws stretch exaggeration and destroy credibility.

During these measurements, Romain was quoted as saying, "I can live with the noise as long as I'm in the house."

Later in the same article Felicia quotes Romain as saying, "The low whir in his house has got to stop."

Which is it? Can he live with it or has it got to stop?

Here is another example of a choice Romain had difficulty making.

In March 2005, The Door Stop reached an agreement with the leaders of Citizens Against Noise and Industrial Travesty (CAN-IT). Door Stop had agreed to further reduce noise through modifications to our dust collectors. This agreement was approved by CAN-IT, but Romain had some demands for changes.

The Door Stop reviewed his changes and agreed to accept his conditions.

We wrote the CAN-IT spokesman, Ernie Pritchard, the following response:

"Ernie, this agreement looks good to us. When do you want to invite the newspaper into (Town Manager Fred) Carpenter's office and sign the thing?"

The response I received from Pritchard was that Romain had again rejected the proposal, even though we had agreed to every single condition he had insisted upon.

I was then told that CAN-IT actually disbanded as a result of Romain's refusal to accept his own proposals.

I wonder if the 38 people suing The Door Stop know the real history of the dispute.

I hope this letter will help shed some light on The Door Stop noise issue and also offer a little understanding as to why the issue just won't go away.

Jim Hill, President of The Door Stop, Payson

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