Blowing dust? For Santa Fe residents near construction, the annoyance is magnified
April 14, 2018 01:49 PM
SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexicans are used to a little dust when the wind really picks up this time of year.
But for one Santa Fe community, neighbors say the wind only magnifies a persistent problem they've been dealing with for years.
And it's getting too be more than irritating for residents near the Las Soleras Development, where multiple construction projects are going on simultaneously.
"(There's a) degree of frustration and complete lack of real progress or commitment or follow-through with the city that I think we're feeling absolutely desperate," Steve Burns said.
People living in the nearby Nava Ade community have voiced the same concerns in the past.
"It's costing us money," one of those residents has said. "It's affecting our health."
Time and time again, people like Burns say they're let down. He left his bathroom window open Thursday and, within hours, there was a layer of grime in his home.
Last month, City of Santa Fe Land Use Director Lisa Martinez said her department – along with Pulte Homes, the main contractor Las Soleras – came to an agreement: Once construction stops due to high wind gusts resulting in blowing dust, the entire area is supposed to be sprayed with water.
But residents say they're just not seeing that happen.
"They were kind of putting some water down, but the whole area was just engulfed in dust clouds," Burns said. "So it was pretty minimal. It was like spitting into the wind, literally."
Grading work is supposed to shut down if wind speeds reach more than 20 mph.
According to KOB meteorologists, wind speeds in Santa Fe reached 40 mph at one point Thursday.
"(I) didn't see anyone from the city," Burns said. "Supposedly they were going to start issuing violation notices."
KOB asked Martinez Friday if any of those violation notices have been given. She said that while none have been issued, the city also hasn't noticed any violations of the agreement.
Updated: April 14, 2018 01:49 PM
Created: April 13, 2018 10:15 PM
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