Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Couple Wants Builder to Pay for Sewer Leak

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Couple Wants Builder to Pay for Sewer Leak

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Ladue residents John and Holly Weems say they hadn't had any problems before Premier Homes started building Pillsbury Place, a subdivision next to them on McKnight Road. That's when their problems arrived.

The Weemses live off McKnight between Clayton Road and Black Creek Lane. Next to them, Premier is using 3 1/2 acres for three 4,000-square-foot houses. Holly Weems told the Ladue City Council last week that the builder destroyed a brick pillar on her property about six months ago "which Premier agreed to replace."

But she said the new problem was a sewer leak that appeared last month. Weems said sewage began bubbling up out of the ground. The sewer lateral to the Weemses' property runs parallel to McKnight Road, and Holly Weems said Premier had damaged the line by driving over the easement with heavy trucks while building the road into Pillsbury Place. "They are not willing to repair it," she said. "How do they get permits and then destroy people's property?" John Weems said that the cost of repairing the five-foot section of sewer was $4,400 but that Premier was not willing to accept full responsibility. "From their perspective, the pipe was never there," Weems said. …

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