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Report: Contractor of GRHS Project Violating Noise Ordinance

Turco Golf has repeatedly been working too early in the morning, claims a neighbor in a report by the Glen Rock Gazette.

The contractor in charge of the Glen Rock High School fields project has violated borough ordinance by starting work too early in the morning, according to a resident cited in a recent Glen Rock Gazette report.

The local paper reports Cornwall Avenue resident Lawrence Lipman claims to have witnessed Turco Golf Inc. performing heavy construction work before 8 a.m. on weekdays and before 9 a.m. on weekends, breaking borough noise/construction code.

District Business Administrator Michael Rinderknecht, according to the report, told the contractor of the alleged work time violations and provided Turco's direct contact information.

The bulk of the $4.2 million project – which includes a new track, turf fields and drainage systems – has been completed, albeit a month late and at a significantly greater anticipated cost.

The football team plays for the first time at home on Saturday against Rutherford, Homecoming Weekend. There will be an informal presentation on the opening of the multipurpose field.

The lower soccer field is scheduled to open in late October or early November.

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J.C. Lee October 20, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I went through this same problem a few years ago with a investor and contractor who did a major renovation in my neighborhood. Neither were from the area and could care less about the neighbors, just the money. Even if the building department issues a summons most times the contractor will just pay because it is cheaper. Your only hope is that a stop work order can be issued and that is a long process. Also the information about the 8AM start on weekdays is wrong, the time is 7AM. "§ 146-6 B(3) - Construction and demolition activity, excluding emergency work, shall not be performed between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on weekdays, or between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. on weekends and federal holidays." Having lived this nightmare I feel for Mr. Lipman, the school board should hold their contract accountable. This is not some out of town investor, this is the taxpayer supported school system.
Elizabeth Cox October 21, 2012 at 01:53 AM
they have guys on that field as early at 6am on most days- moving the trucks, moving dumpsters etc..
Martha Mc October 21, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Dear Neighbors of the GRHS. I am sorry that you are living through the ordeal of the construction. Thank you. I would say the situation was caused by all the setbacks and the need to finish in a timely manner. (Not to mention the improper management of the project.) It certainly has caused much aggravation and frustration for many. I sat in disappointment at my son's graduation 2012 with a mountain of dirt to my left, and annoyingly travelled to all of my daughter's Fall 2012 sports. With all my displeasure over the construction situation, today I was able to be on a wonderful field watching the pride and excitement of our students. So I will say thank you to those who have endured this annoyance and will continue until the project is complete. Now let's hope the project is completed without further problems and cost to the taxpayers.
USAUSA October 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM
To late for that, the project is an expensive joke and although the football field is complete, there is still a plethora of work to be done. Management of the project has been a disgrace starting with the BOE hiring an inferior contractor. I say keep calling the police and have them fined and have a stop work order put on them. It is unfair to those who live around that field. Martha shame on you if you do not live around the field and basically asking your neighbors to endore this obviously illegal BS, and shame on the BOE for allowing it to happen on school property BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO SAVE FACE and get ONE football game in before the end of the season. I will be voting for all new faces this year in the BOE election.
Martha Mc October 22, 2012 at 02:25 AM
@ USA1 Yes, Shame on me for trying to express appreciation to fellow GR residents. Maybe I have forgotten that the only people affected by this expensive project live near the High School. I must have also forgotten that I attended BOE meetings and town council meetings; trying to have the members realize that this project needed more investigation and was a disaster waiting to happen. Then listen to our mayor agree that there were many inconsistencies and flooding problems with the area houses, only to have him vote yes on the project. So how have I allowed this? You are correct that this project is a disgrace and we need new board members. I too will not be voting for them. Fine who? The BOE? Isn’t it our tax dollars? Who will suffer from a stop order? I guess the children. By the way, I do not live near the school. I live on Doremus Ave across from the Recycling Center. So I endure all that comes with the Pool, Faber Field and the 6 AM garbage trucks. Oh and that lovely aroma that comes with compost. Should I find all this unfair? For 25 years I have chosen to live here. So again shame on me for trying to be sympathetic to your situation. And yet again, shame on me for enjoying a football game and watching the students have fun on their own field.

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