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GlobalFoundries seeks extended work hours to build plant

"We have talked about going to strobes during nighttime workunfortunately during daylight the strobes are not a safe practice," he said.

Building and Planning Coordinator Anthony Tozzi said that other solutions should be researched.

"I think we're going to have a problem unless there's something that we can do that's less audible," he said.

It was also suggested that the noise mitigation berm, which was not completed when the complaint was made, could have made a difference. Town officials promised to take a field trip to observe the noise.

The decision of whether to extend the hours is ultimately up to the town's Building and Planning Department, but the Town Board weighed in at its Monday, Aug. 3, meeting. Council members were hesitant to approve of the extension, but carefully nodded towards a 30-day trial of longer hours with Saturday kept at the original length.

Members of the public were also given a chance to speak.

"I'm disappointed that we're just two weeks into this project and we're already hearing this request," said Patty Heidelmark, who is a member of the town's Luther Forest Community Response Board. She applauded the Town Board for exercising caution in reviewing the proposal.

Tozzi said on Monday that he expected a decision by the end of the week. Check with www.spotlightnews.com or read next week's Saratoga Spotlight for more on this story.

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