Lobster company noise resolved

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A refrigeration trailer at a Clark Point Road lobster company that had been the subject of noise complaints has been emptied and shut off.

Under the terms of a consent agreement between the town and MDI Lobster Company, if the “objectionable” noise produced by a refrigerated trailer on the property was not been reduced or stopped by April 1, the company would be charged $100 per day, plus the town’s legal costs.

The company missed the deadline, and on April 2, the town’s Board of Selectmen agreed to grant a three-day extension.

The next day, Town Manager Justin VanDongen visited the facility and found that the trailer had been unloaded and shut down. He has since not received any further noise complaints.

“The truck is still there,” said Anne Napier, a neighboring resident. “But it’s been quiet since early April.”

Milan Rodic, manager of the nearby Lindenwood Inn, said his business has received some negative online reviews citing noise from the trailer.

Joe Debeck, one of the owners of MDI Lobster Company, opted not to comment on how his business will refrigerate bait going forward. “I don’t even want to say anything,” he said. “We’re all set.”

According to VanDongen, the company plans to work with Emera Maine to install a electrical service large enough for a cooler. That installation would eliminate the need for the refrigeration trailer, which is run by a generator.

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