News In Brief - December 19, 2007

Spratt asks for $400,000 for Chester rail project

A bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives this week includes $400,000 for a rail relocation project in Chester, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C.

The $400,000 would help relocate and extend a rail line to accommodate 100-car-unit trains without blocking major roads, the release stated. The move would link the line to a parallel freight line, allowing short-line to main-line transfers of transported goods.

"This project will improve rail connections and help attract new industry to the area," Spratt said in the release. "I was pleased to help get the funding through the House. I am hopeful the Senate will pass the bill this week and the president will sign it."

Indian Land cement plant noise to be monitored

INDIAN LAND -- Lancaster County has hired a sound engineer to determine if the Blue Dot Readi-Mix cement plant is in violation of the county's noise ordinance.

Charlotte-based Stewart Acoustical Services will monitor the noise from Blue Dot as the county rewrites its outdated noise ordinance, said County Administrator Steve Willis.

The company will begin monitoring this month.

Last week, Willis discussed with Blue Dot President Paul Cochrane the noise complaints from residents who live near Perimeter 521 Commerce Park where Blue Dot is located. Residents have complained about the factory making loud noises as early as 3 a.m., creating an excessive amount of dust and keeping lights on late in the evening.

Willis said he told company officials that the building and zoning department would notify them when they are not in compliance with the noise ordinances. If noise levels are found to be excessive, Blue Dot could be cited in magistrate's court for code violations and fined.

-- Fort Mill Times