Westminster Council sues developer over projects Greens builders face $350,000 claim CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

April 06, 1993|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

The Westminster City Council is seeking $350,000 in damages from the developer of The Greens of Westminster, claiming the developer failed to finish a host of public works projects.

In a suit filed Friday afternoon in Carroll Circuit Court, the city says that Peer Construction Co., owned by Reisterstown businessmen Nathan Sheer and Nathan Metz, failed to repair sidewalks, install curbs, correct drainage problems and complete street lighting.

"The defendants' failure to complete the unfulfilled obligations and outstanding work" constitutes a breach of the public works agreements between them and the city, the suit said.

To fix those and other problems at the large development of single-family homes will cost $350,000, the suit said.

In addition to requesting the money to fix the public works problems, the suit also challenges Peer Construction's assigning the terms of the public works agreements to the Greens of Westminster Homeowners Association Inc.

The suit says the homeowners association "was not financially able" to carry out the public works agreements.

The suit stems from more than two years of complaints by the homeowners association to the City Council about broken sidewalks and other problems.

One of the other problems referred to in the suit is an eroding storm water management pond. The suit seeks to determine who owns the land on which the pond sits and to ascertain who is responsible for fixing it.

A secretary at Peer Construction in Reisterstown said that Martin Fleischman, the company's chairman, Mr. Sheer and Mr. Metz were out of town and could not be reached for comment.

Dennis Frazier, former president of the homeowners association, brought complaints about broken sidewalks and areas where sidewalks weren't installed to the council in August 1991.

No action was taken, and Mr. Frazier repeated his complaint in June 1992.

The City Council had directed its attorney, John B. Walsh Jr., to study legal options.

That study ostensibly culminated last week with the filing of the five-count lawsuit.

Mr. Walsh declined to comment on the suit yesterday.

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