Neighbors in Glencoe are worried about the latest buzz in the community.
The buzz from cryptocurrency mining facilities is constant, driving neighbors crazy.
They are now asking city leaders to do something about the noise.
Eddie Gould and Sandy Olson say they are used to living in noisy places because their home is on a truck route and near an industrial park. But in his nearly 50 years at home, they say nothing that compares to what they’ve heard lately.
Gould and Olson said the company Bit49 I came to their neighborhood for the first time last fall. The company’s cryptocurrency mining operation is based in Colorado and is located across the street from the house.
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“We’re frustrated, upset, and basically traumatized because you know noise. It’s constant noise,” Olson said. “I can hear it inside. Our bedroom is right there. I can hear it inside. I can’t open the windows because I have to listen to it all night.”
Gould and Olson say they have contacted company and city leaders, but they have done nothing to stop the noise.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS contacted Glencoe Mayor Ryan Voss and said the city is working with Bit49 to reduce noise to more acceptable levels.
The mayor says he installed noise blankets on the fence surrounding Bit49 to block out the noise, but Gould and Olson say that wasn’t enough.
They are calling on city leaders to do more.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has reached out to Bit49 for comment, but has not yet received a response.