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February 25, 2018

2/7/2018 8:43:00 AM
Paying the price for peace
Complaints about vehicle noise have been steady at Windom City Hall and the city council has had enough.
Three weeks ago, the council favored silencing the noisy cars and trucks in town. That was before they knew the price tag is $4,829.
Why so steep? Well, to enforce noise laws we must have warning signs. Apparently, these reflectorized signs must come from MnDOT.
The city has learned that a 36-by-42-inch sign costs $965, installed. No, it is not made of gold.
The plan is to place five entrance signs along Highways 60, 62 and 71.
Without question, the loud mufflers and "engine braking" get excessive at times. The noisy vehicles steal our peace and wake babies. Sometimes at Island Park, the engine braking is so loud you cannot hear public address announcer Dave Fjeld announce a batter.
I think the council should approve the signs - even though the price seems like highway robbery.

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