Almanac

News - November 3, 2010

Town councilman restores peace and quiet

by Dave Boyce

The rhythmic mechanical thundering that signifies the presence of an idling Harley Davidson interrupted the quiet of the Woodside Town Council meeting in Independence Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 26, but there was no motorcycle.

"That isn't a Harley Davidson?" this reporter, a one-time connoisseur of engine exhaust notes, asked the town clerk in disbelief. "No," she said, or words to that effect.

The noise, Councilman and builder Dave Tanner and Assistant Town Manager Kevin Bryant discovered, came from the equipment alcove above the men's bathroom.

After about five minutes with a pocket knife, Mr. Tanner fashioned a hook from a piece of what might have been bamboo and opened an access door in the ceiling. Down came a set of collapsible stairs.

With tools retrieved from his truck, Mr. Tanner removed an access cover from some ductwork, found the source of the noise in a large rotating impeller and shut off the power. A deteriorating fan belt, he said.

On the stairs shooting pictures, none of which turned out to be usable, was The Almanac reporter, just doing his job documenting the center of the action. "There are some extra fan belts on the wall there," the reporter said, or words to that effect.

Mr. Tanner chose a belt, replaced it, reattached the access cover and returned to the meeting.

While not deserving of a reward, the reporter was nevertheless offered one: a choice of one of two complimentary soft drinks by Mayor Dave Burow, plus some words of thanks from Mr. Burow and his colleagues.

It was nothing ... really. All in a day's work.

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