Grand County plans to recoup cost of repairing development
July 10, 2008
Grand County Attorney Jack DiCola announced Tuesday at the Grand County Commissioners meeting that the county plans to file a complaint against Winter Park Ranch Trestle Townhomes’ developer 2 Mar, LLC this week. He added that 2 Mar, LLC “has been defunct since 2005.”
In August 2006, Grand County took over improvements to the 6-unit subdivision in Winter Park Ranch after it was discovered that driveways were improperly built.
Problems started three years ago when improper drainage caused pools of water to collect at the base of driveways, creating dangerous ice sheets.
After tearing up the driveways to put in new asphalt, workers found the water and sewer service lines beneath “were not compliant with the Winter Park Ranch Water and Sanitation District” in accordance with plat notes, DiCola said.
“There were illegal crossings of water lines and pipe used that the district’s construction standards don’t allow,” said Winter Park Ranch Water and Sanitation District Manager Kirk Klancke.
The county is “bringing suit against the developer to pay for that,” DiCola said.
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Homeowners have collectively paid more than $20,000 to cover the cost of rebuilding the poorly constructed driveways and water and sewer lines.
“Absolutely, it is our intention to recoup that cost,” said Trestle Homeowners Association President Fred Stoffel.
Stoffel added that the work now being done to remedy the subdivision’s problems “is being done in compliance with very-well engineered designs and being performed with very competent contractors.”
Since the 2 Mar, LLC dissolved in 2005, DiCola said he is looking into naming other defendants in the suit.
In an amended final plat for the development, filed with the county in May 2004, applicants for the subdivision are Reed Anderson of Tabernash and Marc Krause of Evergreen. Another 2006 planning and zoning document names Reed and Marilyn Anderson as representatives for 2 Mar, LLC.
Reached by phone, Marilyn Anderson said Reed worked for Krause, but was not the developer of Trestle.
A phone message left for Krause Wednesday was not returned by press time.