Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

City Limits Noise from Construction Action Prompted by Complaints about Racket from Projects, Especially during Weekends

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

City Limits Noise from Construction Action Prompted by Complaints about Racket from Projects, Especially during Weekends

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Residents of Lake Saint Louis can go to sleep without fear of being awakened before dawn by construction work.

The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen voted Monday to restrict hours for noisy construction within earshot of homes and hospitals. The new regulations limit construction, excavation, demolition, alteration or repair of any building within 1,000 feet of a residence or hospital to the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Residents had complained of being awakened by construction noise, especially on weekends. Alderman Robert Hammond noted that some contractors work on weekends exclusively and might begin as early as 5 a.m.

"The purpose of the regulations we already had was to maintain tranquillity," Alderman Bruce Miller said. "But it wasn't always interpreted that way."

The city's building inspector will issue special permits when emergencies require work to be done during restricted hours.

Also Monday, the board agreed to give the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highways an edge of the land on which the city is planning its new city hall. Eventually, the deeded land will be used for right of way for an overpass and interchange at Highway 40-61 and Lake Saint Louis Boulevard.

J.T. Yarnell, chief district engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highways, accepted the land conferral. "I've used as an example the initiative the city of Lake Saint Louis has taken on this particular project to others who want to have their projects advance and participate in the funding," he said. "The fact that Lake Saint Louis has had initiative for the last several years to expedite the construction of that interchange is commendable."

"We want it yesterday," Board President Jerry Flynn said.

Yarnell said that the interchange project is still in the planning and land-acquisition stage and depends on state funding.

The city's Public Facility Authority acquired the city hall property in 1990 with bonds.

The authority is an independent financial body with three members, Mayor Ed Hajek, City Administrator Ronald Nelson and City Clerk Mary Lou Von Blohn. …

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