As I opened the door Friday morning to leave for work, a note fluttered to the floor. It did not make my day:
On Tuesday, October 9th, we will begin a project to resurface the floors and ceilings of the balconies and repaint balcony railings. … The project will begin on the 20th floor and proceed to the lower floors. We anticipate the work to take 3 to 4 days per balcony and to be ongoing on multiple floors and tiers at the same times.
Here’s the good part:
Since the work involves grinding the floors and ceilings of the balconies, a great deal of dust will be created. The dust from this project will impact all residents. We are cautioning every resident keep their windows closed during the daytime hours when workmen are on the balconies. You should cover all sensitive electronic equipment in your apartment.
Um, and what about the sensitive lungs of our kids? No mention. I guess they should just hang out and breathe deep all the dust and fumes?
And it’s not like we can really protect a laptop, desktop computer, printer, scanner, digital camera, TV and DVD player from the dust, which is in the room adjacent the balcony.
Another nugget from the memo:
Every effort will be made to keep dust form entering your apartment, you may however, need to do some fine detail cleaning.
Excuse me? Cleaning every last object in our apartment sounds like a heck lot more than just detail cleaning. It means every plate, glass, piece of furniture, stuffed animal and toy must be wiped or vacuumed!
You know, as much as I’ve been complaining about toys contaminated with lead, the No. 1 cause of child exposure is still old paint chips and remodeling of old buildings, reports The New York Times.
By the way, I received the notice Friday morning even though work is going to start on Tuesday. That’s not exactly a lot of advance warning, is it?
Here’s the last line of the memo:
We are certain that you will appreciate the improved appearance.
No, not really. I don’t CARE about appearances. I prefer to NOT expose my kids to “fine dust.” We just want to move now, thanks.
I plan to send a letter to our building manager about this, but I don’t have high hopes that I can stop the work. @&$!!