By: Benjamin J. Gohs, News Editor
Kirtland is still working with the Kodiak Group on sound mitigation, Kirtland Products CEO Leon Tupper told Boyne City Commissioners on Oct. 9.
“The most recent focus, which occurred on their visit yesterday (Oct. 8) was on the last piece of equipment that was installed,” Tupper said. “They came in and reviewed the installation and collected data relevant to that installation to make revisions, to go back with the data they’ve collected to provide any additional recommendations they believe are necessary to optimize the changes they had proposed in their original statement of work.”
Tupper told commissioners those noise mitigation efforts will soon be completed.
“In addition to that we have considered recommendations or received request for quotes from a number of noise expert firms within the area to do some additional evaluation of the sound mitigation in our facility,” Tupper said. “We have identified one source that is prepared to move ahead—we just recently got authorization from the city to allow for the release of the RSG data as well as for that firm to contact RSG direct for the purpose of understanding of the specificity of the test methodology that was used in the original testing.”
He added that this group will then be able to replicate the testing performed earlier by RSG so they may determine what, if any, progress Kirtland has made on the noise issue.
Boyne City Commissioner Delbert “Gene” Towne said the only comments he has heard about Kirtland as of late are that the noise has decreased.
“I’d like to see Kirtland reevaluated after Kodiak’s recommendations are all done,” he said.
Boyne City Commissioner Tom Neidhamer asked whether Kirtland had its emissions stacks tested and evaluated by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
Tupper said the stacks had been tested and evaluated and are completed. But, he said, Kirtland cannot receive the report until they pay the $30,000 fee to the firm who completed the testing—in Michigan, qualified private firms conduct emissions tests on factories and submit them to the MDEQ.
“At this point in time the company is unable to pay for the release of that report,” Tupper said. “As quickly as we are financially able to do so we will.”
He added, “We were told the results were in compliance with the permits that were issued, but we don’t have any of the details behind it until we can gain access to that document.”
During the Sept. 17 Boyne City Planning Commission hearing on Kirtland’s permit to operate Tupper said numerous concessions it has made regarding hours of operation have put the firm at “severe fiscal risk” though during a previous interview he declined to further elaborate on the company’s current financial position.
City officials are expected to make a decision on what to do with Kirtland over the next couple weeks.