[H. Rick Bamman]
Roz Strapko, whose house backs up to the construction, said she and her neighbors already feel unsafe about the proximity of the roadwork, and she worries late-night construction will enhance problems with loud noise.
Strapko said she asked whether completing the project early would result in a bonus for Plote, and she was told no; however, she also said she was told the contractor would be penalized if the project was not completed on time.
“For them to avoid getting penalized, they’re penalizing us,” Strapko said. “They’re going to work longer hours to avoid the penalty that they face, and they’re going to torture us with not only the loud noises that are going to be going on … but you’re going to add light to this.”
The Northwest Herald was unable to confirm that such penalties would be issued if the project is not completed on time.
Strapko said construction vehicles have been spotted driving through her neighborhood, and she said she has called police three times in the past week to report the incidents. The village code does not allow vehicles to exceed a 10-ton weight limit without a permit.
Algonquin Police Chief John Bucci said his department has received several photographs from residents of construction vehicles in their neighborhoods, and that some – not all – appeared to be in violation of the weight limit. He added that his department is working with Plote in order to prevent future violations from occurring.
“People are at their wit’s end with this situation,” Strapko said.