A proposal to legalize the ongoing late-night clamor of Johnnie Dodds Boulevard and U.S. Highway 17 construction is on the agenda for tonight's Town Council meeting.

"We had a citizen who inquired as to why we were violating the noise ordinance," said Administrator Eric DeMoura.

Current town law prohibits any loud building operations within hearing distance of residents between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.

A few residents of Greystone and The Meridian developments have complained about disrupted sleep because of paving operations, said Ed Barbee, the town road construction information officer.

The hours from 9 p.m. to dawn are the best for paving, he said, because less traffic is on the road then. A traffic lane can be closed then, too, but not during the day except for an emergency, he said.

A proposed amendment to the ordinance would allow late-night noise related to construction and repair of public roadways.

"From my perspective, we've got to have people out there at night," Barbee said. "We've had some complaints, but it's been very minimal. We've tried to appease them in every way that we can."

That has included going to the contractor to see what could be done to reduce noise, he said.

As part of the road construction, the town will build soundwalls to block traffic noise at Greystone and The Meridian, he said.

"I do have a few people here complaining," said Valerie Bartlett, community association manager at The Meridian, a condominium community.

"Ed and I have talked about it," she said.