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Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association was asked to share this message from Council Member Linea Palmisano with neighborhood residents:
Last week, Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) began a project at 50th & Knox to do some rehabilitation work of the Lake Harriet-area regional sewer. This work began in the evening hours of July 1, and will continue this week and next. While the MCES gave advance notice of the project to residents of James, Knox and Logan Avenues, the overnight noise resulted in two sleepless nights for neighbors as far west as Oliver Ave. While my office had no advance knowledge of the project, many residents contacted us to air their frustrations, as well as to understand who was doing work, why it had to be done, and most important, why it had to be done at night. We now understand the scope of this project and its importance. It is imperative that this work is done, but we have real concerns about the notice given to residents. Additionally, while the City has no authority over this project, the City of Minneapolis did give Met Council the appropriate permits to do the work overnight. I’m having conversations with City staff about whether that was appropriate, and to ensure that when it is deemed appropriate, that my office should be given some notice so that we can help alert the affected residents.
I have been assured by Met Council that while the overnight work will continue, the loudest work is completed. The new sewer lining requires 24 hours to cure, and a boiler truck will be required to run overnight to speed the curing process. The hum of the boiler should be the only noise we hear overnight as the work continues.
That being said, I am prepared to take action if the noise does not improve. If the noise continues at the level of last week’s work, I will do everything in my power to rescind the overnight permits and require that Met Council finds a way to do this project during daytime construction hours. While I am willing to take this action if necessary, it is not preferred. Requiring that the work be done during the day will also mean more road closures in a construction season that has had a disproportionate effect in Southwest Minneapolis.
If you have concerns or are interested in learning more, please attend this week’s public meeting held by MCES staff. Here are the details:
Wed., July 9
Pershing Park Recreation Center
3523 W. 48th St.
For more information, go to http://www.metrocouncil.org/sewerconstructionupdates, or call Tim O’Donnell, Project Citizens Liaison at 651.602.1269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in service,