Possible change to Sherman construction hours could allow weekends

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- Trends show about 20 new housing permits are issued in Sherman each month, which means construction all across town.

Currently, they can't legally work on the weekends, but that could soon change.

"Nail guns, hammering, lots of hammering. Like I said the trucks are really loud, the rumbling," said Marcia Gaston, who lives next to a construction site where new homes are being built in the Pebblebrook Estates.

Unlike Gaston, Gary Nykoruk doesn't mind the noise, but does have other concerns.

"It's just the traffic. We've seen concrete trucks, and supply trucks, and hauling dirt," Nykoruk said.

Right now, workers can build in residential neighborhoods from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and not on weekends.

But city of Sherman spokesperson Nate Strauch said those hours aren't always possible for builders due to things like the weather and project deadlines.

A proposal to adjust those weekday hours and allow builders to work on weekends could be brought before the city council this month.

Strauch said some construction companies already do, but the ordinance would make it legal.

"They drive fast, construction trucks, nails, flats in tires," Gaston said.

Gaston works at night, so she said it's hard for her to sleep during the day due to the noise.

"I have to wear earplugs, a lot of tossing and turning," Gaston said.

Strauch said last year, nearly 200 homes were permitted in Sherman, a record number since the 70's.

"We have seen literally unprecedented growth in the housing market over the course of the past three years or so," Strauch said.

"I'm glad to see that we're expanding and they are involved in the infrastructure," Nykoruk said.