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Streets of unfinished development in Waynesboro were plowed in December

Brimington Farms homeowners want to take control of homeowners association

January 10, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Residents of an unfinished development who told the Waynesboro Borough Council they feared emergency vehicles could not use their unplowed streets did receive plowing after snowstorms in late December.

Brimington Farms homeowners addressed the council several times late last year. They lamented unfinished roads and neglected upkeep such as mowing of common areas in their development.

One of their most pressing concerns was snow plowing, which they said did not happen last winter. They expressed fear that ambulances would have difficulty reaching their homes if needed.

Borough officials said municipal crews cannot legally plow the Brimington Farms roads because they are private streets. They said the roads cannot be accepted into the municipal system until they are fully paved.

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About 30 houses are occupied in Brimington Farms, which is off State Hill Road. The project’s developer was DLM LLC and Gemcraft Homes. Work ground to a halt because of bankruptcy filings.

The borough council asked its attorney to work with Brimington Farms’ developer and bonding company, which is a business that guarantees a developer will complete the work spelled out in approved land development plans and local law.

Under an agreement with Lexon Insurance bonding, the municipality received a check for $8,000 to put into escrow for plowing and concrete barriers, Solicitor Sam Wiser told the borough council in December.

The agreement states that any time borough crews are called out to plow their streets, the borough will contact their plowing subcontractor, D.L. George & Sons, for the development, Wiser said.

“They will take care of snow and ice removal when the borough is doing snow and ice removal on the streets,” he said.

The D.L. George & Sons work might have been partly duplicated last month.

Following the last snowstorm, Evangeline Drive resident John Isenberger said he talked to a plow operator who had been contracted privately out of Maryland. Isenberger said he was unsure whether the home builder had hired that plow or the company managing the homeowners association had done it.

Overall, the residents have not gotten any benefit for their HOA fees of $180 annually for a couple of years, Isenberger said. Some property owners wrote letters that went unanswered and stopped paying their fees, he said.

“Our next big challenge is the HOA,” said Melissa Russ of Waterdale Drive.

The overall consensus among Brimington Farms residents seems to be they want to take control of the HOA instead of paying fees to the management company in Forest Park, Md., she said.

“We’re just waiting for spring to come to see if they get these roads done. If so, I’m putting my house on the market and getting out of here,” Isenberger said, saying he previously listed his house and lost buyers because of the incomplete infrastructure.

“I haven’t met anyone happy out here,” he said.

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