Chestnut Court on the northern outskirts of Amherst town center
Residents of Chestnut Court brought their complaints to a Board of Commissioners meeting last week (10/5/15) about outside renovations done during the summer that left a lot to be desired with some of the final details, like landscaping.
Rocks in a large bald patch of lawn 10/6/15
Interestingly the Department of Housing & Community Development had given Precise Paving a "Notice To Proceed" on May 7, 2015 for the project, which had a 90 day completion date built in.
The contractor did not actually start until July 13, 2015 but was still under contract to complete the project by August 5, 2015.
The loam used appeared substandard with too many rocks and pebbles and the grass seed was planted in a haphazard hit-or-miss manner.
Bigger rocks and globs of seed 10/6/15
AHA Director Denise LeDuc had complained to the contractor a few days before the residents appeared at the meeting. She was pretty much told to go pound sand.
But after sending photographs of the lousy workmanship to the architect and telling them she would be withholding payment on the $300,000 contract, a worker showed up the very next day to rerake the lawn areas to remove the abundance of rocks and then he hydroseeded the entire area.
Although they could have been a little more precise with the application 10/9/15
Oldest rule in the book: If you wish to get someone's attention, threaten their pocketbook.
AHA Commissioner Peter Jessop and Director Denise LeDuc at sight visit Friday 10/9/15