Construction of Hawk Ridge inlet to start by Monday

April 12, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

The builder of Hawk Ridge Farm has promised to create an inlet to collect water runoff and solve drainage problems at the development.

Several residents, whose lawns are constantly waterlogged, took their complaints to the Sykesville Town Council last night. Officials assured them the town will hold the builder to his proposal to begin construction of the inlet by Monday.

"The developer has agreed to start work next week, weather permitting," said Town Attorney Cindy Hitt at the council meeting last night. "Quite possibly, the problem will be solved by May 1."

Jeff Powers, the builder, would be responsible for cleaning the inlet, a collection basin for rain water, and making sure it functioned properly before he turned it over to the town.

"Mr. Powers said today that he would have his engineering report to us this week," said Bill Oler, town building inspector.

Mr. Oler said an engineering crew, contracted by Mr. Powers, had surveyed several problem areas at the site last week.

The council was prepared for another onslaught of complaints from homeowners, but last night the behavior of homeowners was more restrained than at a raucous Planning and Zoning Commission meeting April 4.

Town Manager James L. Schumacher delivered to angry residents copies of his report detailing every action the town has taken to alleviate problems at Hawk Ridge.

"We will continue to take every action allowed us," said Mayor Kenneth W. Clark. "We are not trying to minimize homeowners' problems. We are taking maximum advantage of what we can do within our boundaries."

Mr. Clark said that if Mr. Powers does not begin work by Monday, he would find out why. The town also could fine the builder for any delays and shut down house construction at Hawk Ridge.

"We just want to be able to use our yards," said Ann Marie Osinga. "This has been going on for 18 months. We don't want to hear about fines and work stops. Just give us a completion date."

The town is holding the developer's bond money.

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