BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
More than sixty homeowners have signed a petition hoping a Bakersfield truck company will change its route.
Wayne miles moved into his southwest Bakersfield neighborhood five years ago because it seemed quiet and peaceful, but it’s a decision he now regrets.
“I would have never bought the house and a lot of the neighbors say they wouldn’t of bought their new house either,” said Miles.
Miles is concerned over the amount of semi-trucks carrying sludge that are driving through his own backyard at all hours of the day.
“The smell is awful. It smells just what a sewer would smell like,” he said.
The trucks are owned by GIC Transport Incorporated. 23ABC spoke with its owner, Gabriel Cruz who declined an on-camera interview, but said he has all the proper permits to run his business. He says traffic on 99, which is right next door to the neighborhood, is much louder than his vehicles, but neighbors disagree.
“The heavier traffic is being done from 12 midnight to 6 in the morning, our bedrooms, in most people’s, the neighbor’s bedrooms are like 20 feet from the block wall and then there’s just another 20 feet and there are the trucks are which sit very high and they’re noisy,” he said.
Sixty homeowners representing three blocks have signed a petition to put a stop to the traffic creating the smell and the unwelcomed noise.
“What they say they’re haling is bio-solid which I believe is another name for sludge and they’re being haled from southern California into Taft,” said city councilmember Russell Johnson.
City leaders are looking into the problem and are hoping to soon find a solution.
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