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Construction Noise

Original post made by needknowledge, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park, on Apr 2, 2008

We have a new neighbor that is tearing down a house in order to build a new one. Not the issue. A year ago Mother's Day, a Sunday, the job began, and they started cutting down a huge tree at 7am. The job was quiet until the demolition began a few weeks ago.

he tree trimmers were back, working on Easter Sunday. We asked them to stop, and they did...after we reminded them of the rules, and told them we'd call the police if they didn't.
We've tried to be "neighborly" and talk to the workers, and everytime, they play dumb, blaming the boss who never seems to be on site. We've called the building department, hoping they'd send someone of authority out to talk with them, but were told they couldn't do anything, and we should call the police if the rules are broken.

Call the police? Are they kidding? I want my police out catching speeders and bad guys, not enforcing the building department's rules and regulations! What's the point of having rules if they aren't followed?


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Posted by needknowledge
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 2, 2008 at 8:38 am

Sorry...hit delete by mistake!

This isn't just about tree trimmers, but the contractors that don't respect the neighbors or rules. We don't want issues with a new neighbor, that would be horrible.

Can anyone tell me why the Building Department deals with issues this way? They collect fees, but don't enforce the rules? I'm frustrated with the system.


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Apr 2, 2008 at 2:33 pm

This sounds like a broken system. I can see calling the police on a weekend if the building department is closed, but during city hall working hours? This makes no sense to me. Sounds like needknowledge needs to make a fuss with council members.