Land deal ends road paving dispute in Pinson neighborhood
By Lee Weyhrich
PINSON — The Pinson City Council on Thursday approved a settlement between the city and Salisbury Development Company, which resolves an ongoing problem with the company and failing to finish paving streets in the Aspen Ridge neighborhood.
“The developer did not put seal coats on the roads,” City Attorney Shane Black said. “Years ago they posted a bond to handle some of that work but that bond is not in a sufficient amount to get the job done.”
The city of Pinson will now finish the paving in the parts within city limits and will work with other residents to set up a referendum to annex the rest into Pinson so that paving can be done there.
In return, the developer will give the city a 30-acre parcel of land that’s adjacent to the Pinson Valley Youth Association complex. City officials said the land is valued at about $100,000, which is about what it will cost the city to finish the neighborhood’s paving. The land will likely be set aside for Pinson Valley Youth Association use.
Mayor Hoyt Sanders said it will likely take a few months for the land to be closed on and the paperwork done to execute other parts of the settlement. Paving won’t be done until this has all been fully executed.