Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Getting Crazy with the Back Hoe



Well no, it hasn't quite come to this yet. Apparently though, there's a site inspection today, and yesterday, after piddling around next to our subsided yard (fine-tuning that nifty shoring job?) workers took to a little illegal end-of-the-day back-hoeing. It seemed like an attempt to fill in the festering green pool before morning. Digging yet deeper into the back of the lot, and tossing bucketfuls of dirt into the waters (in a desultory kind of way) served only to disperse the floods more widely and turn the green back to a more tasteful looking terracotta hue. Whether it was the pointlessness of the task, or the fact that I was spotted up above, with camera, watching them defy the partial stop-order, I know not. Whatever the reason, the workers soon gave up and slipped away quietly, leaving the digger in a watery parking spot. This was such surprising work I didn't even 311 it, though I'll surely do so again if they try this malarkey tomorrow. Too many vacation days wasted by this kind of crap.




















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4 comments:

IMBY said...

I see they have 2 Environmental Control Board violations...it seems the shoring they installed after the cave in was not even what they said they were going to install. The horizontal bracing was of a smaller dimension and not to plans. Looks like these guys are slow learners. Not a good sign. I wouldn't give them the benefit of the doubt on future questionable work. I feel your pain having lived through a similar debacle. Keep posting the great photos!

onemorefoldedsunset said...

Yes, we called them in and got the partial stop order. The subsequent shoring work is still sad looking. Looks like an inspection is happening today, as the dumpster was towed away, garbage in front of site removed, etc. I was a bit remiss yesterday, but we are generally as much on top of things as one can be. Still, a tedious way to live right now. I appreciate your excellent post on the site recently,, and have enjoyed following your blog for a long time. You do great work for the neighborhood. Thanks!

Roger P said...

Will you want to speak with the inspector when/if he/she comes and tell them about the green water and illegal work? I'd understand if it was too exhausting and even a bit dangerous (workers could retaliate).

onemorefoldedsunset said...

The inspector is well aware of these issues! I spoke with him yesterday - the stop order is lifted, but for excavation only ( oh joy). In other words, they can finish excavating, but then the site will have to be inspected again before they proceed with more work. The last inspector seemed somewhat sterner than this one, so who knows how these decisions get made. Basically the way things work in the city is that you are powerless until damage is done, and then the stop orders and ( down the line) lawsuits begin. There is a commitment from the developers to repair damage done on our side, so we'll see how this pans out. We are in regular contact with the DOB, city pols., and have lawyer, structural engineer etc. It's an expensive affair...
Thanks for your concern - we definitely appreciate moral support!