continued “We’re going out to bid. We can’t give an exact date on that but what we’ve done is move forward,” said Russo.
The baffles should be installed about 16 weeks from now, said Russo. They will be mounted on the wall and protrude from the wall on the inside and outside of the building, as well as on the roof. After the baffles are installed, a sound attenuation expert will evaluate the effectiveness of the installation and make any additional recommendations if required.
“We have been and will continue to move forward as expeditiously as possible. We appreciate everyone’s continued patience in what is a very complicated and sensitive situation,” said Shahda in the email, which circulated to town officials and residents.
Jillian Ehrenberg, her voice shaking at time, pleaded with GlobalFoundries to give her an exact date to look forward to. She said she had a list of at least 155 names of people who wanted the noise issue resolved and with young children, her concerns were magnified.
“From a psychological and emotional point of view, do you have a specific date we can hold on to? This has already been very stressful for us. It’s well documented the effects of this kind of noise, when it’s continuous, on individuals, children and the elderly in particular,” said Ehrenberg. “As a way to try and cope we need something to hold on to. I need a date and I don’t just speak for myself. I need to hold on to it because I’m really starting to lose my mind.”
Russo said he couldn’t provide a down-to-the-day date because the expected completion of baffles was still so far off. To erroneously provide a date would probably make the situation worse, he said, if construction gets behind schedule.
“When you’re going through any construction project, the closer you get to the end date is when you have a better handle on when you’re going to be finished,” said Russo.