"Of the nine Phase 4 lots, seven have prior existing approved sewers," Neilan wrote in a July 10 memo to city Planning Director Dan Vriendt.
"I have prospective purchasers for one and perhaps two of these lots, assuming final plat approval soon," he wrote. "These lots have existing sewer lines. I do not wish to lose these purchasers."
A July 26 memo from Haapala paints a different picture, however, indicating little has changed in negotiations between Neilan and the sanitary board.
"Not approved," Haapala's note says at the top, and lists three reasons. "The sanitary sewers do not fully conform to the requirements of the Alternate Main Line Extension Agreement between and developer and CSB," he said.
In addition, "The case before the WVPSC remains in mediation. If something changes, CSB will advise the Planning Department," Haapala said.
Stricklen, who has an option to buy the property for his proposed Connell Road subdivision from Elizabeth and Thomas Block, said he was not ready to comment yet about the project. His application, on file at the city Planning Department, provides few details.
Satellite photos show the property is mostly level, with dirt roads that lead to three existing homes. "The three buildings will be demolished," Vriendt said. The dirt roads will be paved and brought up to city standards, he said.
The sanitary board and traffic engineering have approved the plans, with some suggested changes, as has the fire department, Vriendt said. "We've looked at it. We're fine."
Letters have been sent to nearby property owners, and a sign is posted at the entrance along Connell Road alerting folks to the planned subdivision, but there's been no feedback from neighbors, he said.
"There's not a whole lot to say about it," Vriendt said. "It's a highly desirable place to live, that area."
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