Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Construction Site Cleanliness

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].


Good morning Mr Mayor,

As I’m sure you are aware there are many active construction sites around town. When sites are not supervised they can become a nuisance to the whole neighborhood.

Can you elaborate on how construction site safety is managed. Who is responsible to secure the construction sites? and who is responsible to keep the sites clean?

Please communicate to those responsible to do a better job to ensure residents right to “quiet enjoyment”?

Thank you,

Responsible growth

Response from Mayor Coles:

Good afternoon,

As homes are constructed, jurisdiction moves between different departments, such as engineering and inspections. Code Enforcement in Public Works also has a role to play. When contractors work outside the allowable morning & evening time frames, sometimes the police department needs to get involved.

I communicated with Public Works, Engineering, Police and Inspection Department about your concerns. I asked each of the departments to pay closer attention to the various construction sites and to be proactive and contact the property owner, contractor or site manager when things are not right. Hopefully this positive approach will get the results we want, rather than having to resort to formal warnings or fines.

As someone who has seen the houses on both sides and across the street from me get demolished and rebuilt over the past couple years, I know all too well what many folks in town are going though. I’ve been fortunate in that I have wonderful neighbors who always look out for the neighborhood. We have had very few issues and when one does arise, they are quickly resolved.



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  1. Those who are building would do well to keep in mind that the people who live near those building sites are their future neighbors. And if they want to start a good relationship with them, they should be a s considerate as possible.

  2. Not just about cleanliness, huge open pits or raw buildings left wide open in the middle of neighborhoods full of kids, are real serious dangers.
    How many broken bones do we have to see before we secure construction sites?

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