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Minooka neighbors say construction battles loom at Indian Ridge

Neighbors bring more complaints about builder to light

The saga over damaged roads and backed up dumpsters coninutes inside the Indian Ridge subdivision in Minooka.

Last week, for the second month in a row, complaints about subdivision builder Lennar Homes were brought to the Minnoka Village Board.

Andy Spindler, a resident of Indian Ridge, said construction crews are leaving a mess in the streets near his home, creating a potentially dangerous situation.

"They don't come around, they don't street sweep, they don't clean the street," Spindler said. "There are nails in the road. There's nothing but oil and hydraulic drips everywhere. They came by once with a bobcat with the bucket down, and they scraped the road, they didn't sweep it. I've seen the sweeper, it goes through the neighborhood, but it has yet to come down our street."

Spindler said the situation becomes even more dangerous when he sets out on his daily commute.

"These nails and rocks, I ride a motorcycle, I leave the house at 5 in the morning, I don't need to worry about, on my own street, if I'm going to wipe out in front of my house becuase they can't clean up after themselves," Spindler said.

Last month, the issue was brought to the board by two neighbors who opted not to give their names during public comment. Those residents said the builder is damaging roadways, clogging up street drains, letting their dumpsters overflow, and allowing water to stand on properties without any effort to drain it.

A representative from Lennar Homes issued a statement to the Morris Herald-News in late June, directing homeowners to share their concerns with Lennar representatives at the subdivision's Welcome Center to have them addressed quickly. That answer didn't sit well with some readers.

One reader wrote that the construction company had cut her cable line and blocked her driveway, and claimed workers were rude when she asked them to move their vehicles.

"I went to the welcome center I told the lady that was sitting there everything that happened and she told me that well it’s a construction zone and maybe the cable company should’ve put the cable deeper in the ground and then she told me that the general manager isn’t there so she cannot help me! I left my number with her for him to call me guess what? No one ever did," the reader wrote.

"I live on Wildwood Dr. and I’ve been dealing with these guys since the beginning," another reader wrote. "I’ve had them cut my cable three times, throw garbage off the roof of a house into my yard, to leaving rocks and debris on my driveway and blocking the whole road. The worst of it the police have not helped at all!"

In a response to the Morris Herald-News on Thursday, a spokesperson from Lennar said the company had nothing to add to their prior statement.

Minooka Mayor Pat Brennan said the village had been working with the builder on issues reagrding construction debris.

"We have been talking to them and I thought they had improved, but maybe they haven't gone along with it. We will talk to them and see if we can get them out there," Brennan said.

The village noted in June that Lennar Homes has general liability insurance to cover any damages that might occur during the construction.

Lennar has approximately 30 homes left to sell inside the subdivision. Since taking over the development, the builder has sold 69 homes, and an additonal 26 are sold but have not closed as of yet.

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