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My International Experiences – Most Memorable!

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In 1999, the Chateau of Versailles sustained enormous damage from a large storm, losing 10,000 trees.  They subsequently had a fundraising effort in 2000 to raise money to replant the gardens and repair the buildings.  I bought a tree through this fundraising effort and was glad to contribute to the rebuilding of Versailles.

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Further Mistakes and Bloopers from Dave Boone of dBoone Construction Company

Tuesday June 12, 2018

Then there is the story about the Comcast employee that cut and slashed my comcast cable on Friday March 23, 2018, connecting my Comcast cable to the Comcast connection at the Dean and Sue Brown construction site at 9847 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA 98004..  The Comcast employee that cut and slashed my Comcast cable said that Dave Boone of dBoone Construction wanted it done, so the Comcast employee cut and slashed my Comcast cable, and stole my Comcast connection.  I was without Comcast service, with the Comcast company not being able to figure out what happened to my service.  When I discovered it myself by going to my front yard, opening up my green Comcast connection pot which was covered with dirt, I discovered my cut and slashed Comcast cable connection, and the live Comcast cable for my house hooked up to the orange cable that runs to Dean and Sue Brown construction site where Dave Boone of dBoone Construction company had requested it.  When I had my comcast cable connection reconnected to my Comcast service, there was no denial from Dave Boone of dBoone Construction and no apology either.  The Comcast employee that cut and slashed my Comcast connection is Comcast Mark, 425-582-1704.

As you can see, my Comcast cable has been cut and slashed by the Comcast worker, Mark, on Friday March 23, 2018.

This construction project was started December 2016, and is still dragging along.  It originally was to be finished May 2018 but now, since they can’t do a proper job, the completion date is predicted to be September 2018.

Dean and Susan Brown of 9847 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA  98004 are fine with all that has happened and don’t really think that Dave Boone of dBoone Construction has done anything wrong, and that this company is doing a fine job.  I never got an apology from Dave Boone, the owner of the contracting/ construction company for all the trouble he has caused me; he runs away when he sees me.  I guess he knows that he has something to be guilty about.

http://www.dbooneconstruction.com/

My parents bought this house in 1966; we have been good neighbors with Dean Brown’s parents for 50 years.

For 2 days in May 2018, I had a fence installed in my front yard.  The fence installer said he had been watching the construction workers at the 9847 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA  98004 construction site, and that they were doing a bit of tap, tap, tapping, and then would call it a day.  My fence installer said they would install a few things, then remove the few things, then re-install the same few things, then call it a day.  We figured the workers must be paid by the hour.  No wonder this project is taking so long.

So now the house at 9847 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA  98004 will be finished in September 2018 instead of May 2018.  I can see why there is a 3-month delay,  as there is not much being finished quickly.  It is a beautiful worksite as well; as the worksite looks over Meydenbauer Bay and is a beautiful area.  I imagine if these workers were at a South Seattle or an industrial work site, they would have been finished really quickly and out of the neighborhood onto the next job.

While working at Boeing Aerospace, cost overrun penalties were included in contracts and levied at companies so that if the company dawdled over their time limit, there would be penalties to be paid by the offending companies.  This sounds like a great idea for residential areas.  Apparently, there is a residential construction site in beautiful Clyde Hill that has been “constructing” for 2.5 years!!!    Some time penalties would surely have speeded up that construction site.!!!!  I’m sure it would have an effect on the construction site at 9847 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA  98004 as well.

On June 11, 2018, they are digging up the ground next door to me AGAIN – this must be the FOURTH time.  First, with backhoe, then shovels, then with backhoe, now with shovels again….I guess they are not able to do a PROPER job the first time so they are forced to do do-overs.  I guess these workers are working by the hour as well…I wonder if they charge Dean and Sue Brown at the 9847 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA  construction site more money for this “custom work”.

 

Then there is the story of the installation of the Puget Sound Energy gasline at the construction site at 9847 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA.  The dBoone construction company couldn’t figure out how to put in the PSE gasline.  So I contacted Puget Sound Energy and had a great meeting with Puget Sound Energy Project Manager, Andrea Buren, on Saturday March 31, 2018 about the PSE gas pipeline project at 9847 NE 1st Street.   The Puget Sound Energy Project Manager, Andrea Buren, was nice enough to meet me at my house on Saturday, her day off, to explain to me about the gas pipeline. She came all the way from Seattle on her day off to look at the gasline project at 9847 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA  98004.  We walked the project so that I would understand the scope.  She came all the way from Seattle on her day off to explain to me how easy it was to do the project without removing my fence.

Apparently, her construction manager at Puget Sound Energy was savvy enough to know how to construct the pipeline so that my fence need not be disturbed, but the dBoone Coonstruction Company couldn’t figure that out so the Puget Sound construction manager who works for the Project Manager on this had to come out to complete the project.

 

Comcast Slash and Cut My Comcast Cable

Tuesday June 12, 2018

Then there is the story about the Comcast employee that cut and slashed my Comcast cable on March 23, 2018, and connected my cut and slashed Comcast cable to the Comcast connection at the Dean and Sue Brown construction site at 9847 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA 98004. The Comcast employee that cut and slashed my Comcast cable said that Dave Boone of dBoone Construction wanted it, so the Comcast employee cut and slashed my Comcast cable, and stole my Comcast connection.  I was without Comcast service, with the Comcast company not being able to figure out what happened to my service.  When I discovered it myself by going to my front yard, opening up my green Comcast connection pot which was covered with dirt, I discovered my cut and slashed Comcast cable connection, and the live Comcast cable for my house hooked up to the orange cable that runs to Dean and Sue Brown construction site where Dave Boone of dBoone Construction company had requested it.  When I had my Comcast cable connection reconnected to my Comcast service, there was no denial from Dave Boone of dBoone Construction and no apology either.  The Comcast employee that cut and slashed my Comcast connection is Comcast Mark, 425-582-1704.

As you can see, my Comcast cable has been cut and slashed by the Comcast worker, Mark, on Friday March 23, 2018.

Dean and Susan Brown of 9847 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA  98004 are fine with all that has happened and don’t really think that Dave Boone of dBoone Construction has done anything wrong, and that this company is doing a fine job.  I never got an apology from Dave Boone, the owner of the contracting/ construction company for all the trouble he has caused me; he runs away when he sees me.  I guess he knows that he has something to be guilty about.

http://www.dbooneconstruction.com/

dBoone Construction Company debris in neighborhood

Tuesday June 12, 2018

This is a letter I was forced to write to the City Manager of the City of Bellevue as the dBoone Construction Company did not take precautions on their construction site, and continued to be in violation of safety precautions.  The City of Bellevue will shut down this construction site if this continues.

City of Bellevue Inspection Complaint January 29, 2018 – Dave Boone of dBoone Company

Sunday January 28, 2018

Dear Brad Miyake, City Manager:

Included are the City of Bellevue staff that has inspected the new construction at 9847 NE 1st St in Bellevue 98004, with the dates of the inspections.

I have lived next door since 1966 when my parents bought the house at that time.

This past storm on Saturday January 27, 2018 brought sheetrock, wood sticks, and blue tarp material onto my property from the Brown construction site.  The sheetrock from the roof of the Brown construction site blew into my bedroom window where I was sleeping.  I was awakened by a loud bang on my window with a dark shadow covering my window.  Needless to say, I was frightened, disoriented, and confused.

This is not the first time I have had construction debris on my house and in my yard from the Dean Brown construction site located at 9847 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA  98004 .  The first time I had wood sticks from the blue tarp on the roof blown into my front yard.  The second time, a piece of sheetrock blew from their roof onto my office roof with a big thud while was working in my home office. 

This is the THIRD TIME, I repeat, the THIRD TIME that this has happened, debris from the Brown construction site finding its way to my house and yard.  Each time, I reported the damage to the property owner, Dean Brown, and the construction company owner, Dave Boone, who said that they were sorry, and cleaned up the damage.  Which is very nice, but it is now the THIRD TIME and I do not feel safe in my house any longer as this lack of oversight continues unabated.  WHAT WILL YOU DO ABOUT THIS SAFETY HAZARD?

I no longer feel safe in my house, and that is not right.  In the spirit of good neighborship, I have worked with the Browns and the dBoone construction owner but this time is too much.  WHAT WILL YOU DO ABOUT THIS SAFETY HAZARD?

I would suggest an inspection, a fine, and perhaps a work order shutdown for the construction site until it is inspected and deemed a safe construction site.  As it is now, it is not a safe construction site, and I believe is in violation of safe construction procedures.  I would expect better from the City of Bellevue.

I include pictures of the damage and debris that blew into my bedroom window on Saturday January 27, 2018.  Indeed, this did not have to happen if there were proper safety procedures on the Dean Brown construction site. 

 

I do not think that they are taking their responsibilities to their neighbors, the neighborhood, and the community seriously.  What if this flying debris had hit a child, a traveling car, someone walking on the Lake Washington Blvd NE elevated sidewalk and so on?  What about the dollar cost to my property if this continues?

After living here for 51 years, this is the first time I have felt unsafe in my house.  We appreciate the City of Bellevue working hard to keep the peace, stop crime, keep the city clean, and so on.  This is unprecedented. 

I can’t live this way, and do not deserve this mess and fright.

Thanking you for your time and help,

Robin Joy Savage

Bellevue, WA  98004

425-466-6595

 

Susan and Dean Brown, Parcel number 4389200465 , Ne 1st street located to East, Lake Washington Blvd NE located to the West. 

Nick Whipple-(425) 452-4578

Robert Corner-(425) 452-6043

City Staff: Lori Santo-(425) 452-6828

236 Bldg-Roof Diaphragm
City Staff: Jim Babst-(425) 452-5204 Status: Job Conference Completed Date: Aug 28, 2017
Notes:  
236 Bldg-Roof Diaphragm
City Staff: Matt Kane-(425) 452-4572 Status: Partial Approval Date: Sep 28, 2017
Notes: 2 trips corrections approved except at grid lines E-G/7-9 at lower roof not inspected
236 Bldg-Roof Diaphragm
City Staff: Jim Babst-(425) 452-5204 Status: Inspection Canceled Date: Sep 28, 2017
Notes:  
236 Bldg-Roof Diaphragm
City Staff: Matt Kane-(425) 452-4572 Status: Approved Date: Oct 23, 2017
Notes:  
245 Bldg-Ext/Int Shearwall
City Staff: Tim Carter-(425) 452-4110 Status: Not Ready For Inspection Date: Sep 06, 2017

 City of Bellevue Inspection Complaint January 29, 2018 – Dave Boone of dBoone Company

Trouble with Dave Boone of dBoone Construction Company

License Violations for Dave Boone of dBoone Construction

This company has caused construction problems in the neighborhood and has been warned by the City of Bellevue. If there is another problem, the City of Bellevue will shut down the worksite located at 9847 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA  98004; owners Dean and Sue Brown.

City of Bellevue Inspection Complaint January 29, 2018 – Dave Boone of dBoone Company

 

D BOONE CONSTRUCTION LLC
https://secure.lni.wa.gov/verify/Detail.aspx?UBI=601689459&LIC=DBOONCL042J6&SAW=

Here are the license violations for the dBoone Construction Company

License Violations 

Infraction no. NGRGA00210  Issue date06/06/2017

Violation:  City of SEATTLE

Type of violation:   CONSTRUCTION INFRACTION
Description: Advertising, offering to do work, submitting a bid or performing work when the contractors registration is suspended or revoked.

RCW/WAC18.27.200(1)(b) RCW
Violation amount$1,000.00

Infraction no. NREMT00422   Issue date12/01/2012

Violation:  City of Seattle Type of violation: CONSTRUCTION INFRACTION
Description: Subcontracting to or using an unregistered contractor. A subcontractor of this firm, Precision Fabricators Plus, was seen performing work at 933 N. Northlake Way #9, Seattle, WA on 10/18/12. Firm did not have an active contractors registration as required.

RCW/WAC18.27.200(1)(e) RCW
Violation amount$500.00

Public Works Strikes and Debarments

Contractor Strikes 

This contractor received a valid strike(s) for violation or infraction for the following L&I law(s).

RCW Violation 18.27.200

Effective Date 1/3/2013

Description Failure to comply with contractor registration requirements, per RCW 18.27

RCW Violation 18.27.200

Effective Date 7/9/2017

Description: Failure to comply with contractor registration requirements, per RCW 18.27

Contractors not allowed to bid 

This contractor is currently debarred and may not bid, or have a bid considered on, any public works contract. Debarments remain active until all wages and penalties are paid in full.

RCW Violation 18.27.200

Wages Due? –

Begin Date 07/09/2017

Penalties Due? –

End Date 07/09/2018

Description: Failure to comply with contractor registration requirements, per RCW 18.27

 

The Dordogne – Perigord Noir

Then off to the Dordogne to view troglodyte homes in rock hillsides, scenic vistas, rustic villages, and medieval architecture as well as living the good life in France.

Des Chateaux en Plus

I explored the different and various chateaux in the Haut Medoc, and include their pictures in case you wish to make a visit to the area.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Chateau Mouton Rothschild has extensive vineyards that go 8 feet deep into the ground which makes them very hardy.  In addition, there is a museum with valuable and beautiful art objects as well as the wine labels over the years, created by artists such as Picasso.

Bordeaux and the Haut Medoc

Then, down to Bordeaux and the Haut Medoc where the Premier Cru vineyards are located.  While staying in the small village of Margaux, I had a chance to explore the countryside.  I participated in wine tasting events at the Chateau Margaux, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, and Ormes de Pez north of Pauillac.

Vondel Park Neighborhood

This time I stayed in the Museum Quarter in Amsterdam, close to the van Gogh museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the various interesting museums in the quartier.  The large Vondel Park in Amsterdam is close by as well as the Sotheby’s office.

St Laurenskerk in Rotterdam

Another visit to the St Laurenskerk in Rotterdam where my ancestor, Johan van Brakel, is buried with a large monument and headstone.  A meeting with Frank Migchielsen, directeur of the Laurenskerk in Rotterdam, resulted in better pictures and more information about my ancestor and the Church itself. I made a donation to the Childrens’ programs of the Church.

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