The Bainbridge neighborhood off of Yandell Road is asking the Board of Supervisors to get involved in a dispute between their neighborhood association and the developer.

Graham Coffelt, representing the 200 households in the Bainbridge, lobbied supervisors to call the letters of credit for the developers and place construction liens on five houses that are nearing completion until the roads are paved and drainage issues resolved.

Arthur Noble, along with a handful of other minority investors, make up the team behind the development.

Coffelt said the responsibility for putting down a top layer of pavement on the new roads, which are not in the purview of the county, is clearly on the developers. But each time he contacts Noble about the problems with the roads, the goal posts shift.

“He has asked us for six more months,” Coffelt said. “At first, it was when we were 50 percent of the way to resolving drainage issues. Now, it’s something else.”

Supervisors called on County Engineer Tim Bryan to provide some clarification on the issue. Bryan said everything Coffelt had said was “100 percent accurate.”

The proposed work is expected to cost around $168,000. The developers’ existing letters of credit are worth around $68,000, so the construction liens on the houses would be necessary to cover the other $100,000 of the cost.

The board ultimately decided to ask Noble to appear before it to explain his side of the argument before taking any action, but its members did not mince words when discussing their frustration.

“We need to request a date from him for when this work will be completed or get him to come up here and explain it to us,” Board President Gerald Steen said, looking at photos of the potholes in the existing streets. “Because this is unacceptable.”

On the flooding issues, Bryan said the responsibility for cleaning out the silt from a clogged culvert would at least make the roads passable, but that the culvert in question was not currently under the jurisdiction of the county. That responsibility too, he said, falls on the developer.

“If the county has the equipment to clean it out, that would be a huge first step,” Coffelt said.

Steen responded that whoever is responsible for the work needs to do it, adding that if the developers is found to be responsible for it, it’s on them.
Bryan said he would try to reach out to the developer to establish a timetable for resolving the dispute. Steen thanked Coffelt for bringing it to the board’s attention, and promised to “have some answers in the next couple of weeks.”