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Developer denies ‘locking horns’ with town


Regarding the sewer line issues, we would have absolutely dealt with the repair issue without ever needing to be asked to do so by the town [“Pamelia balks at owning subdivision road,” Wednesday].

The protocol for dedicating any infrastructure to a municipality requires the developer to provide certifications based on “as-built” surveys and field testing and inspections. We had not yet tried to dedicate any infrastructure to the town because we had not yet completed our testing and certifications.

So in other words, yes, we would have revealed these issues through our own quality control testing and would have done the repairs on our own without ever being prompted by the town. That is the only process I know of in order to prepare any dedication.

Moreover, now that the repair work is nearing completion, it has been determined that there was never any major issues with the system. There were a few minor grading and elevation issues, but they in no way impacted the functionality of the system. Not a single homeowner has experienced any issues with their sewer disposal capability.

If the town elects to initiate certain measures based on its own subjective opinions, I cannot control that. I simply make it my practice to cooperate with local officials to ensure that everyone is happy. Your reporter seems remiss in wanting to convey that spirit in any of his printed rhetoric.

The town asked me to look into creating [a homeowners association], and I agreed. The town asked if I could move the duplex units farther back off the streets, and although not required to do so, I agreed. The town asked if I could video all the underground piping systems, and although I’m not required to do so, I agreed. So to the best of my knowledge, I’ve not yet been at odds with the town on anything and have certainly not locked horns with any one.

Be that as it may. If it helps you to feel good about putting this false air of contention in your newspaper about my development, then so be it. I wish you good luck and plenty of success.

Bob Sipple

The author is managing partner of Beacon Asset Managers based in Jacksonville, Fla.

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