December 22, 2014

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Deal in works to fix Brentwood draining

CARLISLE TWP. — The president of the Brentwood Village Homeowner’s Association said residents are still mulling over a recent proposal by Spitzer Management Inc. to fix their drained lake.

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This photo from July shows the receding waterline of the Brentwood Village man-made lake. Spitzer Management recently offered a proposal that would bring new construction and fix the leakage.

Gordon Sooy said residents want to study the deal before they reach any agreement.

The residents have demanded that Spitzer repair a leaky valve that was causing their man-made lake to drain into a nearby stream.

Spitzer developed the housing community about 50 years ago and maintained that they had no legal responsibility to pour money into the lake.

Spitzer spokesman Anthony Giardini said that the company has pumped thousands of dollars into engineering studies to learn how to fix the problem. Besides the valve, Giardini said excess soil is blowing into the lake and filling it up.

In July, representatives from Spitzer, the county engineer’s office, county prosecutor’s office, homeowner’s association and Carlisle Township met to discuss a solution.

What came out of the meeting was a plan that, if approved, would result in a new bridge and dam at the site, as well as repair of the leaky valve and the eventual turning over of the bridge and dam to the county for future maintenance, Giardini said.

The state would pay for the estimated $750,000 to $800,000 project, the township would pay back the state, and the approximate 200 homeowners in the development would pay back the township at a cost of about $100 a year over 20 years for the average homeowner, Giardini said.

Contact Adam Wright at 653-6257 or awright@chroniclet.com.