Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 22, 2020
“Fences make good neighbors.”

We are all familiar with this proverb, but what does it really mean? Dictionary. com gives the following definition and example:  Good neighbors respect one another’s property. Good farmers, for example, maintain their fences in order to keep their livestock from wandering onto neighboring farms. 

My fence didn’t keep the extreme deep base and loud chest filling thump from “wandering onto my property” or any other property similarly situated over the weekend of Sept. 11 and 12.

On Sept. 2, the Grantsville City council voted to allow a variance to the noise ordinance so the UMC rave and roll concert could go on. The minutes reflect that questions were raised about the direction of the stage and time of completion. UMC advised the stage was facing west instead of a southern orientation that mitigates noise and the concert concluded at 12:30 a.m. Those concerns were quickly dismissed as the variance was passed unanimously. The well being of those who might be affected by the noise was again dismissed as UMC advised the council that hotels would be offered if UMC were contacted directly.  

The hotel offer was not advertised, it was not reported upon by the Tooele Transcript Bulletin’s article nor was it shared by officials to whom I communicated my displeasure.

My family, and I suspect many others, lost the comfort of our homes and the relative peace we have earned and should have been afforded.   

My home and many others are found in the unincorporated area outside Grantsville. We cannot vote, we have no voice.  We are on an island where fences are not making good neighbors.  

I suggest the Grantsville City council reflect upon the property rights of those they do not govern. 

Dusten Hansen

Unincorporated Tooele County

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