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Ask The Times: What's the cause of that humming noise at night in Gainesville?
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The recent humming noise coming from around Gainesville is from Pilgrim's Feed Mill's newly installed blowers. - photo by Scott Rogers

If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

What’s that loud humming noise coming from around Gainesville at night?

Gainesville’s code enforcement division identified Pilgrim’s Pride Feed Mill — located at 979 Bradford St. Extension — as the source of the peculiar sound.

Sarah Wilson-Britt, manager of code enforcement, said they first started receiving reports about the noise around Tuesday, March 12.

“I think the complaints are on really clear, still nights,” she said. “People heard it as far as Cumberland Valley Road.”

Wilson-Britt said she spoke with the staff at the feed mill, finding out that they recently installed two blowers at the facility, which emit a mechanical humming sound.

“They didn’t anticipate it to be so loud,” she said. “But, they have a plan in place.”

The feed mill’s staff ordered silencers to muffle the sound of the new blowers. Wilson-Britt said the company anticipates receiving and installing the parts by the end of April.

Since the parts are specially made, she said it’s not an overnight easy fix.

“If the community can bear with them, there’s an end in sight,” Wilson-Britt said. “It should eliminate or reduce the noise and not be such a burden.”

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