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Repairs being made in Chatham Village

The King George Board of Supervisors asked for and received an impromptu report from Community Development Director Jack Green on progress with drainage, curbing and paving problems in Chatham Village I & II subdivisions.
The report was requested at last week’s meeting on Sept. 15 after another strong critique by Chatham Village subdivision resident Ruby Brabo during public comment.
As she and other Chatham Village I & II subdivision residents had done on Aug. 18, Brabo complained about issues which residents say need fixing by a contractor prior to acceptance into the state road system by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). At that same meeting in August, they brought their homeowners’ association attorney, William Marr, who also spoke at public comment.
Green provided an off-the-cuff update, saying that in June 2008, the county “called” the irrevocable letters of credit. “When we called the sureties, the company that backed the sureties stepped in and said, ‘Let us finish it.’”
Green said that company got bids together to finish the project, adding, “They were meeting with VDOT to make sure they knew what needed to be done.” Green said it took a while because that company had hired one contractor who didn’t show up.

“In December, they hired another contractor. And we had bad weather until March. They finished the curb — there’s a lot of repairs, and they are working today,” Green said.
He said they started on the road curbing in March and that required the contractor to look at the storm sewer, which led to the discovery of a beaver dam in the storm sewer blocking drainage. The cleanup and other work on the storm sewer went on until July.
Green said the roads were paved last month, adding, “They fixed a lot of curbing in August and then paved the road. We knew that there was still some curb to do, but they went along and paved it and had to wait for the asphalt to harden so they can come back to finish the curb.”
He added, “I think there are some drainage areas, there may be some additional curb, I know there are some additional areas that need to be backfilled. We are doing the final walkthrough with VDOT tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. They will give the Dominion Consulting Services a final punch list. They will then be able to then finish the final road projects.”
That walk-through took place last week on Sept. 16 and the punch list is still being compiled by the VDOT.
Green added, “The water/sewer lines have been accepted and are operated by the Service Authority. That was a major part of the bond reduction. Erosion/sediment control measures are pretty much complete — another major part of the bond reduction. The stormwater management facility, as-built plans, as-built in accordance with the plans — that was another major portion of the bond reduction. We never reduced the sub-base, the curb, and never reduced the storm sewer because when they pulled up the manhole, it had water in it and they couldn’t inspect it. We didn’t reduce that.”
Green also said, “Those things that we knew were wrong or had questions about, we told the company that we wouldn’t do those bond reductions.”
He added, “We never released any of the money that we got from the irrevocable letters of credit. And we’ve never written a letter that said we released the surety bonds. The county actually still holds those things if Dominion Consulting Services, for whatever reason, would walk away from it. I can’t envision that happening. I mean, it’s probably 90 percent done now. And it looks really good. I would encourage anybody to go and look at it, it looks real good.”
But Green added, “We know there are still issues. As soon as it was paved, I emailed the HOA and said, ‘Look, I know there are some things that they still have to come back and finish.’ We’ve tried to keep them informed. And it’s gone longer than we would have liked.”
Joe Grzeika, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, remarked, “It’s been taken out of context when we said, ‘Do all things,’ to remedy the situation. That goes back to when we had the issue with the water and sewer facilities on that property. And that’s the terminology that we had to use — given to us by the county attorney — so that he could go and do those things up to and including suing the contractor for that property to comply with the requirements. So, it wasn’t to go do everything for everybody.”
Supervisor Dale Sisson also stated, “Addressing all things ‘necessary’ and addressing all things within our power and authority are two different things.”
Sisson added, “We’ve done those things that we have responsibility for. There are differences between compliance and quality issues. There are some things there where the builder did not do their job, that’s for sure. And some of those we’re in a position to assist with and some we are not. That’s what we’ve been talking about there. And Mr. Green is still engaged.”

Phyllis Cook, Staff Reporter

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