...the orange construction fence went up earlier. It's a special measure to help the contractor limit damage to the fenced area.A dirt road has been built about a third of the way down from Owen Drive. The immediate goal is to bring in equipment which will be used to remove the doomed trees.
A sky platform is in place to get arborists up into the trees.
Violations noted after two days of work...
- I didn't see any damage to tree trunks.
- A sediment trap below the project on Midvale, coupled with stormsewer inlet filters and diversion from the main channel towards the sediment trap.
- Stormwater inlet filters on Midvale downstream, to catch sediment that escapes #4, as it surely will.
I've stated elsewhere that this erosion control plan is quite inadequate. Here we have a ravine that drains a basin half a mile long. To see so little progress on a poor plan is-- discouraging, to say the least. An 80% chance of rain is predicted for tomorrow (10/23), and more rain every day through 10/26, so these 5 deficits must be corrected by the end of today.
Heres a quote from the erosion control permit that the City has to comply with:
"All measures to be installed prior to any other construction. No disturbance, grading, stockpiles or borrow pits shall be allowed in park area without approval by the parks division prior to construction."* Signed by Timothy N. Troester.
And another: "I have reviewed and understand Chapter 37 of the Madison General Ordinances regarding erosion control and stormwater management and I shall implement the control plan or checklist for this project as approved by the City." Signed by Robert F. Phillips, City Engineer.
On the form letter attached to the permit: "A Professional Engineer...shall certify the initial installation and implementation of the measures shown on the approved erosion control plan." This engineer is John Fahrney. Does he certify that it wasn't done two days after the start of disturbance to the area?
"Failure to abide by any of these requirements... is considered a violation of the City's Erosion Control Ordinance...and can result in the issuance of Official Notices, citations, and/or referral to the City Attorney for resolution of non-compliance."
This would be humorous, if it weren't so dysfunctional. The erosion control inspector is going to refer his boss to the City Attorney for "resolution of non-compliance"?
This paperwork seems to be window dressing--like all the forms the banks sign to foreclose a mortgage. It looks like another example of "robosigning."
Endangered tree #162 remains optimistic, despite the poor start.