District trying to solve Carrie Lee noise problem
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 8:00 AM
The Decorah School Board will take a dual approach to remedying the noise problem at Carrie Lee Elementary.
At Monday's meeting of the Decorah School Board, the Board heard from District Grounds and Building Manager Greg Schaller about efforts to minimize noise from Carrie Lee's air conditioning unit.
After last months' meeting, Schaller met with representatives from Trane, to see if the problem might be with the software that runs the system.
"It's not perfect, but it's improved," said Superintendent Mike Haluska of the noise.
The action comes as the result of neighborhood complaints about the amount of noise coming from the air handling system at Carrie Lee. Schaller has noted the system kicking in at certain times of the day when it doesn't seem necessary for the unit to be running.
"We talked with Trane, and the noise has gotten a lot better in the evenings," said Schaller.
In addition to learning how to troubleshoot the software which runs the system, Schaller has been getting quotes on different types of fencing which could be installed around the units for sound-proofing.
"Estimates run from $19,000 to $32,000," Schaller said of the different options.
Haluska said any fencing would be aesthetic but would also have sound-absorbing qualities.
"We're hoping we can do enough with the network stuff to get it to cycle the way we want," said Schaller.
Schaller told the Board he hoped to have fencing quotes to show to the Board at next month's meeting.