Friday, January 23, 2009

Sun City developer promises to remedy lagoon problems

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AMAZING STORY!!!!!


http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/story/733671.html

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1. Pulte doesn't build the ponds right in the first place. SCHH residents point this out to Pulte THREE YEARS ago.

2. The government agency in charge of monitoring the design, construction and operation of the ponds, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), is TOLD by SCHH residents in September 2007 that the ponds weren't built right.

3. On June 12, 2008, the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that four builders, including Pulte Homes, agreed to pay civil penalties totaling $4.3 million to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. SCHH, along with other communities, is named specifically in that document.

Coincidentally, ON THAT SAME DAY, June 12, 2008, DHEC issued a Notice of Violation of the Pollution Control Act against Pulte for violations brought to DHEC’s attention by SCHH residents, beginning on September 6, 2007. These violations (which are the subject of the January 22 DHEC meeting at SCHH) ARE STILL UNRESOLVED.


4. On January 22, 2008 at DHEC's meeting at SCHH Pulte announces that they'll fix the ponds that they didn't build right FOUR YEARS or so ago.

WOW!!!!! AIN'T THAT SPECIAL?!? Pulte is going to do what they should have done in the first place--build the ponds right--only AFTER THREE YEARS of blowing off Phase 5 residents--with help from the Corps of Engineers, DHEC, Beaufort County, the SCHH Community Association, the Board-appointed Property and Grounds Committee, and the Neighbor Representative Council. "If you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem."

And, it "isn't going to cost us a nickel". Why, Mr. Cherry, do you find it necessary to assure residents that they will not have to pay for Pulte's construction blunders? What does that say about what residents think about Pulte?


PS You won't find the photo (of several acres of dead trees in a wetland next to the 9th hole at Hidden Cypress Golf Course) in the SCHH brochure!
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1 comment:

Yaj said...

That's good news, BUT --

Were the specific improperly-built ponds identified?

Did they say what needed to be done to rectify them?

Were engineering plans drawn up that Pulte is supposed to follow?

Who is the overseer to make sure it's done right?

I VOTE THAT GENERAL KOENIG BE THE OVERSEER...