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Platinum Properties Start Of Corrective Measures
August 3, 2007, I was on
vacation. I drove past 109 and 113
Platinum Drive. I observed activity at the rear area of Platinum Drive.
home, retrieved my camera and returned. I took some video footage. A
fiber optic cable that had been attached to the guardrail near the
property line had been cut. I followed the path back around the
guardrail and realized it had been rerouted. It seemed they were
getting ready to do some type of
work at the fence line area.
Monday Evening, August 6, 2007, My wife informed me that she
thought she had seen activity at the fence line, through the trees. I
noticed the guardrail was dropped. There was clearing
work on our
property, which is on the other side of the guardrail.
Special Notes In Regard
To The Above
As stated within the timeline; In March of 2007, I forwarded
the developer's managing attorney a letter of suggestions regarding secure access and the use of small tractors to build
their retaining wall. This knee jerk response was hopeful that said entities
would correct their area before we encountered
problems from their on-site drainage problems. The letter was MOOT, before it was even written.
visuals of the August 6, 2007 above images led us to believe one of
the suggestion from the premature letter was used; To come in near the
stable area, north of the fire hydrant.
over the years other attorneys would take me old letters and then use
them when it suited their interest and the situation.
Engineer), wanted to know why Platinum Properties removed the trees and by
whose authority was the adding of more weight
active slip area.
stated that the initial agreement of 2005, or any other correspondence
since was of no consequence, as all were based on getting the area
corrected before a landslide occurred. Now that it occurred they had
no license and could be in trespass. We need to get an injunction to
stop the work until Platinum Properties Engineer's Plans could be
reviewed. We could not get a law firm to do so.
point, I phoned the City of Bridgeport's Engineer. The City
Engineer stated that he did not know anything about the fence line
There was no permit or plan that was presented to him.
We were held hostage to their efforts.
Plans, Permits? Who Needs Them?
City Engineer; Did not have a plan or permit from Platinum
Properties even though the developer had engineers on site since late
2006 to early 2007.
In 2004 and in 2005
Properties Managing Attorney/s were forwarded;
Four Retaining Wall Estimates
documentation that involved input from two
Geo-Technical Engineering Firms.
Regardless of the
above; Though years apart, it appeared that the same thought processes that created the
Temporary Destabilizing Support Slope,
were the same that decided on their current course
contracting firm and forbid any more
work on my property until they had a
permit and the Bridgeport City Engineer approved of their plan.
By early morning, The City of Bridgeport had a permit and a
copy of the plans. (Small scans of the
The contactor called and
apologized. He said he knew there were strained relations between
Platinum Properties and myself. I informed him of our home location
he was doing in relative
closeness to the barn.
He stated that he was not aware of how close we were.
A very important detail that this man, was not
told this fact by the developer or their engineer.
contractors placed two new drop inlets at the rear of building C. They
redirected and reattached the roof drainage system line output from both
109 and 113 Platinum Drive into the new 12" line between these two inlets. This
drain repair / replacement was not shown in the Terradon Engineering
Plan that was obtained from the City of Bridgeport.
I would encounter and monitor the practice of backdating over
the years. The overall reasoning has not been determined.
However, I have an analogy that may explain it. When I was a
young man of 20, I found out that two Bell System workers got
caught by a District level supervisor in a coffee shop at 10:00
A.M in the morning. He sent them back to the local storeroom and
had them pick up a cable reel on the truck and then told them to
go to Work. The workers were in the wrong, they could have been
fired. However, they filed a grievance on the District Level
Supervisor. When I asked them Why? They said he had them pick up
a 5200 LB cable reel. The truck was only rated for 5000 LB's. I
still did not understand, he could have fired you?. One worker
said that is the point. You have to hit them first, as anything
from them afterwards looks like or tit for tat. I never
realized; that one day I would find out how far up the societal
ladder such thought processes went, or more likely; how far they
had come down.
The Date on the Terradon Engineering Plan Matched The Date On My FORMAL
PSC Complaint. However,
the date on my weeks earlier
was long before the Terradon's Engineering's Plan date.
Missed Opportunities or Strategic Planning Gone Wild
By 2005; The
developer's managing attorney was forwarded Multiple Support Wall Estimates from
and a Sequential Plan inclusive of three Geo-Technical Engineering Firms.