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Kokomo hires firm to identify cause of annoying hum
October 29, 2002
KOKOMO, Ind. -- City officials have hired an acoustics consulting firm
from Massachusetts to study a mysterious hum that dozens of residents
say has caused sleeping and health problems.
The city's Board of Public Works and Safety unanimously agreed Monday
to hire Acentech for $80,750 to try to identify the cause of the
low-frequency noise that some people have complained about since 1999.
Board members said they chose Acentech for its professionalism,
equipment and expertise.
"I personally felt like they had the largest staff, the most
up-to-date equipment," board President Jeffrey Rudolph said. "I
thought they would present themselves better when they're explaining
to the public."
In its proposal, Acentech had suggested a study that would last about
Jeff Symmes of Rochester, who said he has been affected by the hum,
asked the board whether Acentech's tests would look for the presence
of radiation, electromagnetic fields and microwaves.
The Acentech proposal does not specifically mention testing for
radiation or electromagnetic fields. And Acentech representatives,
when asked by Symmes during a September presentation, said they
anticipated testing only for sound and vibration.
City Attorney Ken Ferries told Symmes he would have a chance to
express his concerns to Acentech when the firm holds a community
meeting to discuss the proposed study. That meeting has not yet been
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