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Stone Ridge residents seek Allen Township's aid with drainage issues

ALLEN TWP., Pa. - Four families living in Allen Township's Stone Ridge housing development asked the township supervisors on Tuesday night for their assistance with infiltration issues.

The residents said the infiltration drainage beds are defective and have left large ponds in nearly 20 backyards in the neighborhood.

Graystone Circle resident Maria Bonnet said at least 15 to 20 percent of her backyard is unusable due to excessive water resulting in significant amounts of standing water.

She and fellow residents claim they were misled and uninformed about the flooding when they purchased their homes, located just off of Route 329 and Savage Road, within the past 6 to 9 months.

They said nothing was disclosed to them at their house closings with regard to the property drainage issues that would plague them after moving into the development. They estimated 20 out of 60 homes at the site are affected.

Residents also said they never were made aware of what township solicitor Lincoln Treadwell referred to as a "conveyance agreement" and/or any required maintenance plan to ensure the effectiveness of the infiltration beds.

Bonnet and fellow residents Amparo and Anthony Morris voiced concerns about high weeds in their backyards. They also spoke about mosquitoes and other animals being drawn to the standing water, which simply is not draining.

Amparo Morris said hay was thrown into her yard which has resulted in nothing more a giant water pond with plenty of hay scattered throughout it.

Township engineer Bob Cox said site excavator Livengood Excavators of Walnutport has not responded to township requests to appear before the supervisors to answer questions regarding the allegedly defective infiltration bed systems in Stone Ridge.

The residents said they were told Livengood was responsible for their problems since the excavator is responsible for water drainage issues.

According to township officials, Allen Township is still in possession of developer security deposits and has been made aware of the residents' issues.

Supervisor Bruce Frack commented the township has to get in touch with the builder and excavator and "get something done here."

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