Thu, Jul 01, 2004
Orem Residents Just Didn't Want The Noise
Members of the Orem (UT) City
Council argued into the wee hours Wednesday before finally deciding
to deny a ritzy rehab clinic's request for a helipad.
"There are 11 different issues that we felt could not be
mitigated," said Orem Mayor Jerry Washburn, quoted in the Deseret
Morning News. "Because of the studies and the sound studies, we
felt like there would be a negative impact on the surrounding area
in terms of property values, in terms of aesthetics and in terms of
the quality of life."
After hearing from dozens of residents dertermined to make their
voices heard no matter what the time was, the council voted 5-2
against the helipad proposal, saying it posed both sound and safety
risks to the nearby community. Richard Losee, owner of the Cirque
Lodge, wanted to fly well-to-do patients in and out of the
facility, as well as conduct "therapeutic" helicopter flights up
and down Provo Canyon. Before the city council meeting, the helipad
had been operated under a conditional-use permit.
"I love the sound of my neighbor's snowblower in the morning
when it's on my driveway, and I love the sound of his lawn mower
when I can go out and talk to him. It's part of our community,"
neighbor Al Merkley said. "But this (helicopter pad) is not part of
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