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Letter to the Editor: The noise needs to stop

By: Jon-Nolan Paresa, of Folsom
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Mr. Palmer:

Enough; this noise has got to stop! You may recall I live [near Iron Point on Buckingham Way] directly across from the construction that is going on from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. I complained about the large tractor trailers making U-turns into our development. Because of the size of the vehicle, the tractors were unable to make the turn and are forced to do a very dangerous three-point turn. You were able to control that situation. Thank you.

We, the residents in Broadstone, were not told about the construction except for a portable sign that was placed on the street. We were told the construction would take 10 days in January. Because of the rain, which lasted only a few days, the construction was delayed.

What troubles me most is your office, it would appear, decided the construction was to occur at night. Your office did not inform the residents of the neighborhood or the extent of the work. Now, the sign says the construction will continue until Feb. 23, 2018. Really?

I would like to invite you to spend the night at my house and try to get some sleep. It is impossible. My neighbors met on Friday to discuss the problem. The noise of the construction far exceeds any reasonable noise ordinance. Last night was the worst. The crew decided to turn the very large lights toward my house around 11 p.m. I woke up startled thinking that the police were at my door. The light filled my bedroom and living room. The noise was beyond what is generally acceptable. I didn’t pay nearly a half-million dollars for a house to live in an area that is affecting my quality of life. My neighbors and I are at our wits end.

I am begging you to change the period of when the work is being done. You told me in a previous email that you chose to have the work done at night because of traffic concerns. Sir, after 8:30 a.m., the traffic in the area is reduced significantly. If you are worried about the traffic problems, the City of Folsom has many detours available to folks living and working in the area. You must know that.

On behalf of my neighbors in Broadstone, cease and desist construction at night. It is not fair to me and everyone that is an ear-shot of the work being done. I get up at 4:15 a.m. and get ready for work. The construction folks have been working since early January, and it does not look like anything is being done.

In closing, this is beyond an acceptable level of noise occurring in our city especially at night. You must understand, it is impossible to sleep even with ear plugs at night. That and blankets over my head. I challenge you or anyone else in this email to live with what we are going through. By copy of this email to the honorable Mayor Steve Miklos, I ask that you take steps to resolve this immediately.

-Jon-Nolan Paresa