Neighbors in Glencoe are concerned about the latest buzz in the community.
The buzz, which comes from a cryptocurrency mining facility, is constant – and it’s driving neighbors crazy.
They’re now asking city leaders to do something about the noise.
Eddie Gould and Sandy Olson say they’re used to living in a noisy spot, as their home sits along a truck route and near an industrial park. However, in the nearly 50 years at the home, they say nothing compares to what they’ve been hearing lately.
Gould and Olson say the buzzing hasn’t stopped since a company called Bit49 first came to their neighborhood last fall. The company’s crypto mining operation is based out of Colorado and sits across the street from their house.
Watch the video to hear the hum of fans that are continually cooling computers.
“We’re frustrated, we’re upset, we’re basically traumatized by it because you know the noise, it’s constant noise,” said Olson. “You can hear it inside. Our bedroom is right over there. You can hear it inside. We can’t open windows because you’d have to listen to that all night long.”
Gould and Olson say they’ve reached out to the company and to city leaders, but nothing has been done to stop the noise.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reached out to Glencoe Mayor Ryan Voss, and he says the city is working with Bit49 to get the noise down to a more appropriate level.
The mayor says they’ve put up noise blankets on the fences surrounding Bit49 to try to block the noise, but Gould and Olson say it’s not enough.
They’re calling on city leaders to do more.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reached out Bit49 for comment, and they have yet to respond.
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