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Sunmor Neighborhood Noise Issue Resolved

City of Palm Springs, Neighborhood Organization Cooperate to Find Solution to Noise Concerns

Post Date:09/13/2007

Contact: Cindy Uken
Public Information Coordinator
City of Palm Springs

September 13, 2007

The denizens of a residential neighborhood of Palm Springs are celebrating some newfound solitude, and they say they owe it all to the City of Palm Springs - and a healthy dose of open communication.

Residents in the Sunmor Neighborhood were concerned by the constant noise emanating from the Car Rental Service Facilities, which were located on Palm Springs International Airport property, adjacent to their neighborhood, and separated only by Civic Drive. Large vehicle transport carriers were loading and unloading various rental cars along Civic Drive to be delivered to the rental facilities.

The Airport, along with the City and the Rental Car Agencies, were able to arrive at a solution that not only benefited the residential neighborhood but allowed the Rental Car Service Facilities to continue conducting their business with little or no impact to them.

The new loading/unloading zone is now located in an area that is adjacent to the Rental Car Service Facilities and across from the City Yard, which is more conducive to commercial activity. The City has pledged to have law enforcement officers as well as Airport Operations Personnel make frequent passes along Civic Drive to insure the car transports are loading and unloading in the authorized area only.

"The City's goal is to continue to make the Airport a success for the entire Valley, but at the same time work compatibly with the neighbors, and this is a perfect example of that," said Thomas P. Nolan, Executive Director of the Airport.

Ernie Etheridge, secretary of the Sunmor Neighborhood Organization, said the move "really makes good sense."

"The relocation of unloading auto transports to the North part of Civic Drive will have a great effect on all of the neighbors along Plaimor Avenue, both on the North side and the South side," Etheridge said. "The noise that they made with chains, ramps banging and diesel truck motors was really bad for the quality of life for those people. Thanks to our neighbors that spearheaded this, and the dedicated people at the City and Airport, a common solution has been reached."

The Sunmor Neighborhood includes the area east of Farrell Drive, north of Andreas Road, west of Civic Drive and south of Alejo, including Juanita and Julian streets.

The Sunmor Neighborhood Organization is one of 13 official groups associated with the City's Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI). Established by City Ordinance in April 2005, the ONI is a vehicle for encouraging citizen involvement in service delivery and improving communication among citizens, City staff and elected officials.

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