Neighbors living close to construction sites like the First Place Neighborhood are angry.
PASCO, WA - Neighbors living close to construction sites like the First Place neighborhood are angry.
The wind is a given here in the Tri-Cities but the sand is supposed to be kept in check out in newer developments. We have told you about it before but it keeps happening. The sand is still destroying entire yards.
"We just get sand blasted; inside the house, outside the house, in the yard and in our landscaping," explained concerned homeowner Brett Morrison.
In January we showed you how yards in the neighborhood started to look more like desert land after dirt from new home lots wasn't kept in control.
"There are other builders in the neighborhood that will put up the wind fences and keep the sprinklers going."
Just not the ones next door; Morrison says after he complained to the city, New Tradition homebuilders have since put down hydro seeding to grow grass and keep the dust down, but his yard is still suffering.
"They register our complaints, they say they're going to talk to the builder and well, 'they're going to get a fine.' Once in a while we'll get a water truck out but it takes a lot of phone calls and a lot of effort and not much seems to happen."
It is starting to get costly. Morrison and other neighbors who have lived in the homes for a couple years have established their yards but now they say they might need entire new ones.
"All the rocks will have to come out, all the sand moved and more rocks put back, so a lot of time and money to redo stuff that we have already done."
We reached out to other homebuilders in that neighborhood for comments on their dust control. They were hesitant to answer our questions.
According to the City of Pasco a number of fines have been issued to the builders. The most recent fine was for tumbleweeds and they say it was dealt with last month.