Developer threatened with stop-work order

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

The developer of Carroll Field in Sykesville will face a stop-work order if he does not finish building a storm water management pond within 14 days, a town official said yesterday.

After receiving numerous complaints about flooded yards and basements from Norwood Avenue residents who live near the development, county and town officials met with developer Henry Blevins at the site Tuesday.

Tim Hare, a county storm water management control officer, ordered Mr. Blevins to finish building the pond.

Mr. Blevins has 14 days to comply with the order "or the whole job will be shut down," Town Manager James L. Schumacher said yesterday. "They especially need to install a riser pipe to regulate flow out of the pond."

Mr. Schumacher said Mr. Blevins, developer of the 50-home subdivision, assured him that the pond and riser can be completed on time.

Crews began grading and road construction on the site last month. Mr. Blevins also has applied for a town permit to build a model home.

"We are holding the permit until all fencing to protect woodland areas is in place," said Mr. Schumacher. Without the pond and riser pipe, Norwood Avenue residents live in fear of rain.

"It is like trying to squeeze five lanes of traffic into one," said Bob Hall, who has lived on the street for 33 years.

"The water backs up and blows out our storm drains. It looks like a geyser in my yard."

Narrower drains on nearby property also could be the source of the flooding problems, said Sykesville Councilman Jonathan Herman.

Lines from the town storm water system stop shortly before they reach Mr. Hall's property. His 36-inch pipes connect to a 24-inch system next door.

Before emptying into the town system, the water flows through one other property that has a makeshift arrangement of railroad ties and abandoned car hoods to stem overflow from the drains, Mr. Herman said.

"We all knew there would be a problem eventually," he said. "The problems don't come as any surprise to me."

Mr. Schumacher said he agrees that "some private systems are of different size and quality from the town and may also cause flooding problems."

Eventually, if state grant money becomes available, the town hopes to extend its lines to the end of Norwood Avenue, Mr. Schumacher said.

Mr. Hall attributes his water woes to the new development and is confident the flooding will stop when the pond is built.

"The storm drain water comes from the development, and I am sure they will correct it," he said.

After the rain last weekend, Mr. Hall said, he had mud running under his crawl space and out his front door.

"What will I do if we have another bad thunderstorm or another [Hurricane] Agnes?" he asked.

Mr. Hall showed photos of the latest damage to the Town Council on Monday.

"I wanted to make sure the mayor and Town Council were aware of this problem before it gets worse," he said.

The proposed pond would hold all the runoff water from Carroll Field and prevent flooding on Norwood Avenue, Mr. Schumacher said.

"Our engineer has been on the site many times," he said. "We would have to have a 100-year flood for the pond to overflow."

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