Collier commissioners are asking residents with damages from recent flooding in the Cubbage Hill area to submit their lists of damages and estimated repair costs to the township for possible future litigation.
Residents deluged officials in the summer after a July 10 storm, but there were complaints the previous summer, too, from excess water running off the 46-acre,160-townhouse PRD that straddles Collier and Carnegie.
Developer Hiroo Patel of Tri-State Design and Development has taken some corrective actions, and so have both Collier and Carnegie.
"I think there's been significant progress," board President Robert Schuler said Oct. 9.
Residents with damage like Frank and Marianne Palombi of Delfred Drive, whose basement den and office were damaged by flood waters, have three repair estimates in the $15,000 range.
The estimates do not cover replacement of furniture and other trappings.
"Who's going to come up with this money to pay these damages?" Mr. Palombi asked.
Collier solicitor Charles Means reminded residents that the state Department of Environmental Protection has ordered the developer to do no further earth disturbance until the flooding issues have been addressed. Corrective actions include berms, top seeding and pipe reconfiguring.
However, some other work, including a manhole on Darlington Road, remains to be completed. In other action, some Kirwan Heights residents complained that they cannot park on their street because it is clogged with vehicles from Enterprise Car Rental customers.
"They've outgrown that area. We're taxpayers, too," said one Beram Avenue resident.
"Ditto," said Karen McLaughlin, also of Beram Avenue, who noted she doesn't have a garage and has always parked in front of her house.
Another resident suggested residential or permit parking should be instigated on the street because Enterprise customers sometimes leave cars on the street for as long as a week.
It also was noted that Tom Devin will be stepping down as police chief, a position he has held for nearly eight years.
Chief Devin, who has been a police officer for more than 40 years, plans to retire by July 31, 2014. Officials voted Oct. 9 to advertise for applicants for his replacement.
Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org. First Published October 17, 2013 12:52 AM