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Fox River Grove considers restrictions for Ringers Landscape Services

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 3:34 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 12:01 a.m. CDT

FOX RIVER GROVE – Ringers Landscape Services may have some new rules under which it would have to operate.

The Village Board is considering a set of restrictions for Ringers Landscape Services to help the business co-exist with nearby residents.

The proposed rules include workers only being allowed to load dump trucks and back up vehicles on the property from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Work would not be allowed on Sunday.

During those hours, Ringers would be allowed to load dump trucks and operate a Bobcat.

All chipping of wood into mulch on the property has to end by April 17.

Also the village wants Ringers to install noise-sensing back-up alarms on vehicles that sound when trucks go in reverse and the ambient sound is loud enough.

"If it's a quiet morning, there's nobody around, it doesn't beep as loud as it possibly can," Village President Bob Nunamaker said. "If you're backing up in a parking lot with a lot of activity, it would beep louder."

Ringers also plans to build a 10-foot fence with sliding gates at the front of the property.

Erik Ringstrand, the owner of the business, said the landscaping company has grown over the last few years and needs more space to be able to park trucks and employee's vehicles at the location.

He had been grinding and chipping on site, but it led to noise complaints.

Ringstrand said he has moved a large tub grinder to a location in Carpentersville, and that all chipping with a smaller machine on the property would be complete by April 17.

He also agreed to the hours of operation at a recent Committee of the Whole meeting.

Terry Sroka and his wife, Karen, live about 100 yards behind of Ringers. They had issues with the beeping noises coming from vehicles as they backed up, and the sound of a Bobcat loading other vehicles. There also would be a smaller pile of mulch.

"It's pretty loud," Terry Sroka said.

They also said they would want the work done earlier in the day, and not during the evening hours when they are trying to relax at their house.

"I'm concerned with anything about hours of operations, ... especially going into weekends, where I'm trying to relax and enjoy my peace behind my house with dump trucks, noise, beepers," Terry Sroka said.

Ringstrand said the circular traffic pattern that he is planning for the property also should reduce the amount of times trucks would have to go in reverse.

"You're going to see a tremendous improvement this year," Ringstrand said.

The Village Board is scheduled to vote on the restrictions on April 17.

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