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Update on Wildbrook Pond
Posted on Jan 19th, 2019
As such, your Board, with voluntary assistance from professionals in the industry, derived a plan for remediation and improvement. Utilizing the established plan, we requested proposals from a long list of contractors, interviewed those that provided responsive submittals and selected American Grading to assist us with our project. The work began in August of last summer and completion was anticipated by early October.
As the project began, numerous significant challenges and impediments were encountered. A few are noted below:
As of the writing of this article, the pond bottom has been excavated to depths that generally range between 4 and 6 feet below the normal pond level, with the area near the outlet structure approximately 10 to 13 feet below normal pond level (our goal was to achieve depths greater than 4 feet with 5+ feet desired). The pond has naturally filled itself with water again and is functioning properly. We created a “forebay” that leads into the pond which should protect the pond significantly from future siltation and allow us to remove any built-up silt much more efficiently in the future. The pond water is a brown color currently, but the turbidity of the water is slowly decreasing with time. Grass has been established in the main soil disposal area and a portion of the park area, but the main disposal area remains extremely soft due to the continual rain events we are receiving. This area MUST be avoided until stability is achieved from dry weather conditions.
Due to the excessively wet weather, our contractor got to a point that the work inside the pond was complete and the work remaining outside the pond required dry conditions to do the work and manicure the final appearance properly. As such, he has not been able to work on the project since early November. He remains committed to completing the project but will require dry weather and dry ground conditions to do so. This may not be achieved until late spring based on the weather pattern we seem to be in…
The items remaining to be complete are:
We appreciate the patience of the community and especially those that live on the pond who have endured the construction mess for quite some time. Once complete, we hope the community will, once again, enjoy the amenity.