Inconsiderate Watertown

So Watertown has a current, massive project to resurface and reengineer Pleasant Street. We live right off of Pleasant Street, on Howard Street. Directly behind our home is a former train right-of-way which is used by the town. It is bad enough in the winter when the town uses the lot to store snowplows even though they just built a big honkin’ $1m+ DPW lot a mile or so away. But since the Pleasant St. project began, they have been using the lot as a temporary store for construction equipment and dirt storage. When I say "dirt storage", I don’t mean anything long term. Throughout the day, dump trucks bring many loads of dirt and rocks, loudly and messily dumping into the lot. What is strange is that OTHER trucks come throughout the day as well, taking dirt away. It seems to me they could save a step there by never unloading the dump trucks in the first place, but hey, why bring logic into this?

Anyway, I’ve been pretty passive on this nuisance, in fear of turning into some kind of NIMBY crazyman. But there is presently a front end loader loading up a dump truck at 11pm. Every time the loader goes back for a new scoop of dirt it’s reverse beep goes off. And then there’s the big crash when the dirt reaches the dump truck.   I immediately called the DPW, presumably getting their answering service, to file a complaint.  They took my information and I will be expecting a call back tomorrow.  This is unacceptable.  It’s bad enough my back yard and deck are effectively unusable between 7am and 5pm on most days due to noise and dust, but now the neighborhood has to tolerate being woken up by this noise at 11 at night?

12 thoughts on “Inconsiderate Watertown

    1. Go straight to nuclear? I’m pretty sure that’s unnecessary.

      I already got a call back from DPW and they said they agreed it was unacceptable and that they were going to take care of it.

    1. Well, being that my street is already a truck route which semis use day and night to cut over between Main and Pleasant, I have a pretty good idea of that too…

  1. Pleasant Street

    Hi Grahams,

    This is councilor Susan Falkoff. I’m glad that DPW got back to you. If you have more problems or concerns, please let me know and I’ll try to help if you’re not satisfied with the response you get on your own.

    sgf

  2. I too live on Howard Street and not only is it very loud and busy during the day, but the dust kicked up into my house is unacceptable. I find myself dusting
    everyday and as a asthma sufferer, this is not good.
    I would like to see the street being wet down at the end of everyday to somewhat contain the flying dust particules.

  3. The power of the press

    My God man! A response from DPW and a Town Councilor ! I have been complaining to DPW about the noise and dust for weeks and all I got from Sue Tambler was “I’ll check”.

    Who says that newspapers have to future.

    Lenny A.

  4. I too live on Howard Street and not only is it very loud and busy during the day, but the dust kicked up into my house is unacceptable. I find myself dusting
    everyday and as a asthma sufferer, this is not good.
    I would like to see the street being wet down at the end of everyday to somewhat contain the flying dust particules.

  5. the tab is worthless dude

    yo grahams

    why dont you do a tab alternate paper like the phoenix

    the tab is nothing but geezers talkin to geezers

    the metro had a better story about thew atertown drugie ramin her car into the guy in brighton

    the metro dude

    and the adss dude colon cleansers

    guess the readers are constipated

    Xzak

      1. Re: the tab is worthless dude

        sorry dude your blog was linked on the tab

        thougt they said they worked with you

        anyway your lucky

        sad the tab went so lame

        used to be great

        now gets beat on town news by the metro

        the metro dude

        later

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