Sykesville gives developer 2 weeks to fix water problems

July 13, 1993|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

The developer of Hawk Ridge Farms has two weeks to correct persistent drainage problems. If the developer fails to repair silt fences and drainage ditches, Sykesville officials will make the improvements using bond money he has posted.

At last night's Town Council meeting, Town Engineer Bob Bond recommended a "super silt fence," which could better withstand water runoff, and deepening the runoff ditch.

Residents of the 200-home development have complained repeatedly to the council about flooding basements and eroding yards. The town and development engineers met recently to find solutions to the problems.

Town Manager James L. Schumacher asked the council last night to withhold permits for any building until all improvements were made.

"I have met with the residents on numerous occasions and am well aware of the problems," said Mr. Schumacher. "Our public works agreement says developers have to adhere to local laws."

The council's proposal affords developer Lowell Glaser and builder Powers Homes a chance to apply for permits while making the improvements.

Mr. Schumacher said he fears any further delay could result in more damage for which the town could be liable.

Mr. Glaser said he can make the improvements within a week. His engineer has agreed the recommendations are workable, he said.

The county and town grading inspectors plan to meet on the site today to review the recommendations.

"It is not that the builder hasn't done anything," said George Fischer, a Caracara Court resident. "It's just what he has done hasn't worked."

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