Car alarm woes fall­ing on deaf ears

Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - LES VANDOR

Ques­tion: I live in a highrise con­do­minium near a car deal­er­ship. We are fre­quently dis­turbed by car alarms go­ing off in the mid­dle of the night.

Re­cently an alarm went off at 4:38 a.m. and sounded un­til ap­prox­i­mately 8:30 a.m. Calls to the city were in­ef­fec­tive.

Thirty-five of my neigh­bours in­di­cated that they were un­able to sleep that night.

We raised the in­ci­dent with our build­ing man­ager, but he re­ported that he had dis­cussed it with two of our board mem­bers who did not think the board should be in­volved.

The build­ing man­ager also met with the car deal­er­ship who in­formed him that the in­ci­dent was due to a faulty car alarm.

Car alarms still go off in the mid­dle of the night al­though not in the same way. How should we ap­proach this prob­lem?

— J.L.

An­swer: It seems to me that all the pre­lim­i­nary steps have been taken in this mat­ter.

The man­age­ment com­pany has been in­volved, as have two mem­bers of the board. The car deal­er­ship and the city have been con­tacted.

If the mat­ter per­sists, it is up to both the build­ing man­ager and res­i­dents to keep con­tact­ing the city as it is the city’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­force noise by­laws.

Ul­ti­mately, it is the city’s law that is be­ing breached, not any of the condo rules.

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