Saturday, October 13, 2007

Greenland Sues Developer

They're mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore. The Greenland City Council voted unanimously to file suit against the developer and construction company that failed to follow approved engineering specifications with regard to construction of the infrastructure improvements in Lee Valley Subdivision, as required by the bill of assurance and performance bond.

The lawsuit was filed yesterday in Washington County Circuit Court against developer Willie Mooney and Brothers Construction Inc. Some of the shoddy work in the subdivision, documented by city engineers, includes unfinished and clogged drainage ditches, incomplete storm pipes, sewer boxes without lids, and loose light posts. The city says that the construction company failed to use proper materials, methods and procedures to fully comply with the contract provisions, failed to build the improvements as planned and specified, and left some of the infrastructure improvements incomplete and unfinished when the construction company ceased work on the subdivision. Sounds a lot like a certain subdivision in south Fayetteville.

The Washington County Quorum Court doesn't seem to care much about zoning or building standards, but some of our cities do. Taxpayers pay the salaries of planning professionals and elected officials who approve developments, and we expect the developers to be held accountable when they fail to meet city standards. Someone must fix the problems created when developers ignore standard engineering designs for infrastructure or build subdivisions that create additional problems with erosion and storm water runoff. In Fayetteville, it is usually the unwitting taxpayers who get stuck with the bill; in Greenland they're going after those who caused the problems.

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