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Town to give it's contractor permission to start work at 7 AM and on Saturday

Original post made by Peter Carpenter, Menlo Park: Park Forest, on Feb 14, 2020

If you are building a home in Atherton your contractor cannot start work until 8 AM and cannot work on Saturday.

However, if you are the Town government you can change the rules without the consent of the impacted neighbors.

Since time is money on a construction project the Town now wants special rule for the contractor building the new Town Center:
"With many new construction activities beginning in a few weeks (i.e., steel erection) that are time schedule critical, staff believes it is in the best interest of the Town to provide the contractor with additional working hours and days flexibility. "

So "Staff is the following, upon request from SJA:
• Allowed weekday work to begin one hour earlier at 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., only on an as needed basis.
• Allowed Saturday work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., only on an as needed basis"

How convenient!

Comments (3)

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 15, 2020 at 7:35 pm

So I guess the town thinks it's ok to screw its own citizens. Many of them would love to be able to have their contractors work overtime and saturdays to make up lost time or simply speed up their projects. Not to mention speeding up construction to shorten the disruption in their neighborhoods. No, its do as I say not as I do.

Not to mention the fact that the town and its police are absolutely militant about enforcing construction hours. Anyone working in construction like me can tell you story after story of the heavy handed treatment received at the hands of the town.

This stinks on many levels.

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Feb 15, 2020 at 8:14 pm

What will the Town do when a contractor building a home requests permission to start early and work on Saturday because "" many new construction activities beginning in a few weeks that are time schedule critical"?

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 15, 2020 at 9:53 pm

There is very little in construction that isn't time critical. I can see the lawsuits already. Anyone that can manage a Gantt chart will be able to show how the town's unequal application of its construction hours caused a delay that cost an owner money. This town has an unfortunate history of making decisions with bad outcomes. Hell, PPG already took them to the woodshed for big money already. You don't think they won't do it again if they see the opportunity? And this will be a BIG opportunity.

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