'Not my responsibility' No-plow-zone finally gets plowed
The cul-de-sac that Charlottesville city crews won't plow because of a dispute with the developer got mechanically scraped for the first time this season, but negotiations to get the neighborhood off the city's no-plow list remain at a stalemate.
"I'm going to move the snow tomorrow," says developer Bobby Banks on February 12. "Not to say I'm responsible. The people there deserve better."
The residents discovered their legal limbo during the December 18-19 Snowpocalypse when the city said its crews wouldn't plow Roy's Place because the developer had not properly finished building the infrastructure.
Banks, however, says he never received the April 8 letter in which Charlottesville planning director Jim Tolbert demanded a fix to sidewalks and curbs. Nor, says Banks, did he get the letter sent earlier this year warning that the city would call Banks' $250K bond if the work weren't completed by February 1.
"It has become very obvious that you have no intention to complete these required improvements in your development," writes Tolbert on January 13. "Your residents are having to deal with this untenable situation."
Banks met with Tolbert and assistant city attorney Rich Harris February 11.
"He basically said he had no intention of doing anything else," says Tolbert. "We're assessing our options."
"This is going to have some litigation," says Banks. "This is going to court."
In the meantime, Banks delivered a Bobcat mini-bulldozer to Roy's Place (where a Hook staffer lives) and February 13, a crew scraped the street .
"It's not my responsibility," insists Banks. "But because it's in my father's name, I'm going to do it."
–last updated 1:06pm, Tuesday, February 16
–original headline: Roy's Place: 'Not my responsibility,' says developer