Letters to the Editor

Patrick Walsh: We must act to assure quiet time

For the umpteenth time in the last few years, I was once again awakened to the sound of loud trucks, banging equipment and noisy workmen. This time, a Thursday, it was at 6 a.m. On July Fourth, it began before 7 a.m. A few years ago, a truck delivered heavy machinery at 2 a.m.!

We have a right to a certain amount of quiet. In fact, we have a municipal code that outlines the times you are allowed to start and must finish by. Every contractor who works in the city should know this information. The contractor in this case, a Modesto pool business several decades old, told police he didn’t know. Huh?

Don’t take it anymore. If they start working before 7 a.m. (or 9 a.m. on weekends and holidays) or don’t stop by 9 p.m., call the police. File a complaint. Contact the contractor and let him know you will never use his services because he doesn’t follow the laws. If you are having work done at your home, think about your neighbors, and ask what hours your contractor will begin working. Make sure it is within code-specified times. Help get our quiet time back.

Patrick Walsh, Modesto