Jeremy builder is put on notice
May 27, 2008
A woman in Jeremy Ranch wants a builder to clean up trash and remove green standing water from a construction site on Lower Saddleback Road.
"It’s just a mess up here. This is what happens to a neighborhood when a company walks away," LaRee Miller said. "We’re all really ticked off."
A few years ago construction at Canyon Links at Jeremy Ranch east of the golf course clubhouse began.
"This nightmare has been going on since then," Jeremy Ranch resident Paul Black said.
Two calls he placed to a Summit County commissioner about the matter were not returned, Black said.
"You’ve got a safety issue here and you’ve got a health issue," Black said. "Who do you call?"
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The biggest concern of neighbors is litter strewn around the site, said George Buys, who lives at 3285 W. Saddleback Road.
"People are using this as a dump now," Buys said while walking the muddy construction area Saturday.
But the builder has not violated the development agreement yet, Summit County engineer Kent Wilkerson said.
"We’re concerned and we’ve put [the developer] on notice that he needs to take care of it. If he doesn’t take care of it we can enforce the development agreement terms," Wilkerson said in a telephone interview Tuesday.
Canyons Links at Jeremy Ranch wasn’t immediately available to comment.
A development improvement agreement approved by the county when the project began spells out obligations the builder has to improve roads and control erosion, Wilkerson said.
Money placed in escrow could be taken by the county if terms of the agreement are not met, he added.
"[The developer] has a timeframe that he needs to work within," Wilkerson said. "He set aside the cash so if he does not perform we can ensure action is taken."
The major concern is excavation the developer has performed without stabilizing the land, he explained.
"It’s appropriate for the type of building that he is trying to do, but he just can’t leave it like that," Wilkerson said. "He needs to finish it or stabilize it."
Lower Saddleback Road to Jeremy Road must also be widened, he said, adding that sidewalks, curbs and gutters are required.
"We have given him 30 days to make corrections," Wilkerson said.
Construction at Canyon Links stopped several months ago, Buys said.
"Three or four months ago they quit work here and we’re living in the middle of this," Buys said.
The developer must clean up trash around the site, Wilkerson stressed.
"If they’d come in here and clean up the garbage, at least it would be a lot better than it is now," Buys said.