Letters are being mailed to about 250 property owners in Troy Township advising them the Northwestern Water and Sewer District is terminating its contract with Deer Creek Excavating, the general contractor for a $6 million sanitary sewer project in the Stony Ridge and Lemoyne areas of the township.
A draft of the letter obtained by The Press says Deer Creek’s “failure to finish the project” left the district’s board of trustees no choice but to remove them from this project now to require their bonding company to step forward and complete this properly.”
The letter, signed by Jerry Greiner, the district’s executive director, states the district “stands behind its promise to restore the construction work area to its original condition.”
“They’ve made a fair to poor effort at finishing it,” Greiner said Thursday. “There are sewer taps that are installed incorrectly. Odor control equipment hasn’t been installed. About 19 manholes haven’t been relined correctly. There is a whole list of things that haven’t been done.”
He said some residents haven’t had their driveways repaved and many lawns haven’t been properly re-seeded.
The district will negotiate with the company’s bonding firm on how the project should best be completed.
Richard Morrison, of Fremont Pike, said a drainage ditch in his front yard was incorrectly paved over, causing flooding problems to his house.
“I had water gushing down the driveway when it rained,” he said, adding district personnel have been to his residence a few times to assess the damage.
Morrison said several of his neighbors have experienced problems with water after sewer work was done in their yards.
A bulldozer also struck a 30-foot pine tree in his yard and will need to be replaced, Morrison said.
The contract also calls for the construction contractors to complete an inspection of the sewer lines with a video camera to confirm they’re not obstructed or damaged, Greiner said.
“That’s to be done so it can be authorized for final use,” he said.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency determined in the mid-1990s that septic systems in the Stony Ridge and Lemoyne areas were not meeting water quality standards and polluting Henry and Packer creeks as well as groundwater sources.
An email message left with Deer Creek Thursday for comment wasn’t returned.