The contractor for this sewer project is presently working on 53rd Drive between 69th And 70th Street. As I was heading home, I noticed a worker taping fliers to the doors of homes on 70th Street between 53rd Drive and 54th Avenue. I was able to get a copy of the flier which is attached FYI. As you will note, streets adjacent to the streets being worked on can be affected.
Nan (James) Zhang, COMET member and attorney, reached out to the Department of Design & Construction (DDC) to see if rodent abatement is being done prior to the street being dug up. The community liaison told him that when they are working on the water main, there will be NO rodent abatement in place because they don't think it will affect the rodents while they are doing work on the water main. However, when they are working on any sewer projects, rodent abatement will be in place automatically.
We obviously don't agree with this statement because we feel that if there are loud vibrations anywhere near a rodent location, the rodents will scatter. That being said, we suggest that homeowners take precautionary measures and put down traps, etc. Don't leave your doors open and make sure your basement windows and doors are secure.
James also followed up to insure that future notices are also in Chinese. "Our neighbors on 70th Street just received the attached 24 HOUR SHUT OFF NOTICE for construction. I appreciate that DDC is going around handing out shut off notice flyers to all families that are going to affected by this work BUT the flyer is once again in only English and Spanish. The total roads included in this job per your community advisory will affect approximately 300 families and 1/3 of them on record are Chinese families. I reached out to IVA and she told me to contact you regarding putting these 24 hour notices in Chinese considering 100 households will be affected by this. Please speak to the contractor or your office to provide the adequate notice for the Chinese families so people can be fully informed and plan accordingly with these jobs to avoid major inconveniences and possible health consequences due to lack of water."
We'll continue to follow this project closely and keep everyone updated.
Roe Daraio, President
COMET Civic Association