Wind gusting across Deerfield Subdivision has blown all kinds of construction debris into yards of about a dozen homes on Route 37 — Styrofoam, cardboard, plastic covering and shingles.
The neighboring homeowners, who say the out-of-state developer has sat on its hands while they’ve complained for months, are asking for a chain-link fence to block the trash.
Resident Randy J. Bachmeyer, who told the Pamelia Town Council on Monday the problem started when the developer began building homes in the winter, is leading the effort to have the fence built. He said there’s been a constant flow of trash into the large backyard of his home at 24171 Route 37, next to two single-family modular homes built recently. Beacon Asset Managers, Jacksonville, Fla., plans to build 29 single-family houses and 39 duplexes on the 43-acre piece of land.
“I’ve picked up a whole lot of trash from construction debris and household trash — plastic cups and paper plates,” Mr. Bachmeyer said Tuesday. He said he has complained to workers on three different occasions. “If we’re getting this much trash from the houses there now, I can’t imagine how much there’s going to be when they’re all built. I’ve gone over there and raised hell about it each time, and (workers) eventually come over to pick it up. I was going to put up a fence in my yard, but my thought was, ‘Why should I be responsible?’”
Mr. Bachmeyer said six houses on the western side of Route 37, including his own, that border the subdivision have been bombarded with trash, as have some houses on the eastern side. He told board members Monday that the developer should build a chain-link fence about a quarter-mile long that would separate the subdivision and residential properties on the west side of Route 37.
Agreeing the plan could solve the problem, Supervisor Lawrence C. Longway told Mr. Bachmeyer he will contact the developer about the plan this week.
Two large industrial dumpsters without lids are used to dispose of trash at the site. Mr. Bachmeyer contended that strong winds are easily blowing out lightweight debris.
A manager from one of the subcontractors at the site Tuesday, who declined to be identified, said the trash problem has been caused mainly by poor management of the project. He said dumpsters at the site should be contained in a fenced-in area so trash can’t blow away, but such a solution has not yet been considered by the developer.
“This problem has been addressed by residents several times, but no one has taken ownership of it,” he said, adding that only workers from his crew have helped residents pick up debris. “The guy who is responsible has another job and hasn’t been here to manage the project. No one gets along with him.”
The contractor responsible for ground work is Cunningham Excavation, Cazenovia, while Wimbledon Properties, Maryville, Tenn., is leading construction of houses. Wimbledon hired Stephen P. Jellie, Black River, president of Tuckers Trail Residential LLC, as a liaison to oversee subcontractors’ work at the site. Mr. Jellie did not return a call Tuesday seeking comment.
Plenty of debris also has flown east over Route 37, becoming a vexation for residents on that side. It has blown onto the front lawn almost every week at Family Chiropractic Care, 24304 Route 37, owner Samuel Vassallo said. He supports Mr. Bachmeyer’s view, that the developer should erect a fence to solve the problem.
“We’ve been picking up Styrofoam and debris that gets caught into the property almost weekly,” he said Tuesday. “It’s kind of more annoying than anything else, but I think they should build the fence.”