Construction Companies Knowingly Take
Illegal Short Cuts & Break Local/State Laws
You might think that does not pertain to you in your location, but it does! They are ruthless at law-breaking, thinking they have a place in their budget for slapped wrists and paying a fine. Whilst they disrupt local life, they could give a hoot about you and me or the simple comfort of our lives. We are just a nuisance or a ‘piss-ant’ to them if we cross their path.
Living downtown is different, parking, shopping, but it has great advantages until your space is invaded by law-breaking construction companies and whoever hired them to complete a project.
The back-story is simple and not complicated in you thinking how such organizations can get away with the invasion of your space, especially overnight with major noise, not just some noise, we are talking pouring building/construction debris down a shoot from 11th floor into dump trucks every few minutes. During the day it is bad enough, but at night breaking some’s sleep is a total No, No!
It started at the beginning of the week and was reported to the local Des Moines Building and Permit department. They rapidly replied with this email:
We have received your complaint about overnight construction activity at Hotel Fort Des Moines. We have contacted the contractor performing the demolition work and made them aware of the City of Des Moines noise ordinance requirements. No construction activity can occur between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am.
If future construction noise occurs after these hours, complaints can be referred to the City of Des Moines Police Department at their non-emergency number at 515-283-4811.
Please feel free to contact us with any future questions or concerns.
Deputy Building Official
City of Des Moines
Permit & Development Center
602 Robert D Ray Drive
Des Moines, IA 50309
Note that they contacted the contractor to inform them.
The contractor, Baxter Construction of Des Moines, and Hawkeye Hotels know the law and said ‘to hell with it’. They continued the next night, last night!
At 11 p.m. I was woken by the loud noise of debris going down a shoot into a dump truck. I got dressed to make sure I was not imagining the sound that broke my sleep. Sure enough, they were continuing demolition that the City of Des Moines had informed them to stop the day before.
I called the police at approximately 11:25 p.m., Officer Kelly arrived at approximately 11:40 p.m. I explained the issue and informed him the City told me to call law enforcement should it happen again.
The officer drove his car to the side of the building to speak with the staff. I walked over and was asked by the contractor’s representative if I was with the City as if they were expecting it and proceeded to make a phone call.
I responded, ‘No, just a citizen that wants to f#cking sleep’! Officer Kelly asked me to step to the other side of the road, rightfully so, I shook Kelly’s hand and left.
I called the City and left a message of the occurrence.
It does not end there, the noise started again at 4:45 a.m. I went out to check, sure enough, a truck was in place, no noise while I was there. A person stepped out, viewed me and walked briskly inside. There was no more noise.
I passed the Davis Building which has security officers there all night and asked them about the noises. One security officer stated that since Monday night it has been horrendous and totally annoying, they are much closer so could hear it louder.
As I am part of a company that deals in data, both public and criminal information and through our clients, can and do have access to court documents of all business. It amazing to find the citations, fines and the law-breaking companies involved in this project have against them. Not good for them at all. It now has shown me what and who we are dealing with, law scoffers who careless about rules or regulations.
It is a known fact that scoffing laws like this is a ‘Gateway’ to larger criminal activity, even breaking simple safety OSHA laws.
It is believed that the state has given money to this project for restoration cost.
This will not be the end of this, as they think there is no power in one person, WRONG!
There are more issues that will occur and will be dealt with as they happen. The City of Des Moines is watching I believe…
CEO, CommSmart Global Group.
Telephone: (515) 200-7068