Sykesville to hire contractors to complete roads, sidewalks Developer's bond revoked after missed deadlines on Carroll Fields work

August 11, 1996|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Sykesville officials, after revoking a $240,000 public works bond from the developer of Carroll Fields, will oversee the hiring of contractors to finish roads and sidewalks.

"It does not matter whether the town wants to be a [general] contractor or not," said Matthew H. Candland, town manager. "We feel that we should see that these improvements are completed in a timely way."

B&H Investments of Eldersburg missed three town-imposed deadlines to complete projects in the 60-home development along Second Avenue. Nearly 80 percent of the homes have been sold, and several more are under construction.

Incomplete work includes final road surfaces, sidewalks, landscaping and fencing a storm water management pond. B&H also had agreed to build a hiking trail and tot lot but has not done so.

Faced with complaints from residents who paid $180,000 and more for their homes, town officials had little choice but to revoke the bond, which the developer pays at the outset of a project to ensure public works are finished.

Carroll Fields residents and two builders, which are constructing the remaining homes in the development, have been informed about the town's plans to seek bids. Candland expects to put the roadwork out to bid soon.

"We want to get the paving done first," said Candland. "The streets are the most noticeable element, and paving will bring some normalcy to the development."

The town will advertise for a landscaping bid in the fall. The agreement calls for planting about 400 trees along the planned trail and surrounding the tot lot.

The town will contract work on the storm water pond next spring.

Pub Date: 8/11/96

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