Lenox homeowner says contractor removed dirt from property

During construction of the Lewis Point/Pine Ridge Road Water District Number 11, local resident Penny Judd said dirt was removed from her property without her permission.

Judd lives at the northern most corner of Route 13 and Lewis Point Road. During the Lenox Board meeting on Nov. 10, she said on one occasion 12 loads of dirt were removed from the property. On another occasion 30 loads were removed, she said.

"Highlander [Construction] backhoes and dump trucks and AJT [Construction] trucks removed dirt from our property," Judd read from a written statement. "We asked who the supervisor was and nobody knew his name. We never consented to removal of earth from our property."

Judd said five inches of topsoil was taken from the lot and heavy equipment was parked on the property from July to the middle of September, also without permission from the owners.

"It has done harm to the field," she said.

Finally on Oct. 16, Judd said a man from the construction company, Brian Olin, inspected the site and told her that the company had one year to complete the work.

"The ditches are deeper and wider and the shoulder [of the road] is destroyed," Judd said. "It's so muddy that you sink four to six inches in the mud."

Judd said for safety reasons she reported the lack of shoulder to the school district and the county highway department.

"I'm not satisfied with the beginning of the restoration work," she said. "I'm very unhappy with this. I've been insulted and ignored. It's like a merry-go-round."

Lenox Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica said he had walked the site and has photos of the area that was disturbed. He said the state Department of Transportation and the county highway department approved the restoration of the worksite.

"The maintenance work is bonded," DiVeronica said. "We can hold money back until it's right; two times more [money] than the work would entail. If they go in there right now they will just make more mud."

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