City to investigate local trucking company

Residents in southwest Bakersfield want a trucking company out of their neighborhood. Many trucks are transporting biosolids from southern California into Kern County and keeping residents up throughout the night.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - Residents in southwest Bakersfield want a trucking company out of their neighborhood.

Many trucks are transporting biosolids from southern California into Kern County and keeping residents up throughout the night.

On Thursday, Bakersfield Code Enforcement said it will investigate the company.

The city attorney's office will also investigate GIC Transport which is zoned for agriculture and limited to 18 trucks.

But residents say every night, dozens of trucks park behind their neighborhood, and in some cases, they see trucks leaking material.

"It's a serious issue and that's why last night when we referred it to the city attorney's office, we're going to get to the bottom of it and find out what we can do," said Councilmember Russell Johnson.

Homeowners who live directly off McKee Road say too many trucks travel near their homes.

"Not only is it the noise, but I worry about our house, the build of it, the stucco cracking, the concrete in the back, our patio," said Randon Blake, concerned resident.

Councilmember Johnson says code enforcement will investigate to see how many trucks are operating daily.

"They're going to go in there and look at exactly what these folks are permitted to operate with, what they're not allowed to do, and make sure they're conforming with their land use zoning and land use approvals."

On Thursday, the attorney for GIC released a statement, which reads in part, "All of GIC's trucks and equipment are locally purchased to support our local community. The trucks are cleaned every day before returning to the yard."

The statement continues, "An overpass is going to be built on McKee Road in the near future and regular vehicle traffic on this collector street will dwarf the noise impacts on our new neighbors."

GIC also points out it opened its business in 2002 and residents chose to move near it in 2008 when their homes were built.

Residents who want GIC to leave their neighborhood have started a petition.

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