Collier flood victims on their own against developer
Collier residents hoping to seek damages from a developer they say exacerbated flooding in July will have to do so on their own, township officials said last week.
Residents in the Cubbage Hill area have been pressing township officials since July to take action against Hiroo Patel and his company, Tri-State Design and Development. They said the Prestley Heights housing development, which straddles the Collier and Carnegie border, caused intense flooding that damaged homes and property.
“We have decided, and this is my advice as solicitor, to not bring claims as a township (against Patel),” said township solicitor Chuck Means.
Patel couldn't be reached for comment.
Residents in attendance at last week's Collier meeting, however, want the township to do more.
Marianne Palombi, of Delfred Drive, said she still is unable to go into her basement, which was damaged during the flooding. She said insurance didn't cover the damage.
“I want it put back the way it was,” she said. “What happened to the township of 20 years ago — that cared about the residents. The township isn't doing anything.”
George Phillips, of Darlington Road, said legal action should be taken.
“What are the commissioners for, then?” he said during the meeting. “Do you have legal rights or not?”
Means said evidence of damage submitted to the township by residents will be available for them to use in any individual legal claims.
Last year, township officials and engineers spelled out a list of actions Patel was to take in order to mitigate runoff from the development. Township engineer Larry Souleret said Patel has completed all but one of the conditions — using cameras to inspect sewer pipes.
Souleret said $54,000 of Patel's bond money had been held pending the repairs and solutions. Approximately $43,000 was released back to Tri-State Design after a unanimous vote at the Feb. 12 commissioners meeting. The rest is being held in case Patel does not perform the sewer camera inspection.
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add Megan Guza to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Family rolls into Bridgeville with ice-cream truck dream
- Carnegie library brings Broadway flair to fundraiser
- Fundraiser in Bridgeville to help family after liver transplant
- South Fayette Giant Eagle open for business
- Bridgeville, South Fayette libraries look to replace director
- Town Talk: Carnegie family plans May 2015 wedding
- Carnegie looks to address borough’s flooding trouble spots
- Oyler: Vacation allows family bonding, exploration of new places