Homeowners in a southwest metro neighborhood want to know where all the goo came from. And when it’s going to be gone.
It appeared near 192nd and F Street in southwest Douglas County. The dark, gray piles appeared without notice two days ago and the surprised neighbors have colorful descriptions.
Joe Terhaar said, “It looks almost like stuff from another planet. It smells like you-know-what.”
The moist sludge comes from a nearby basin that acts as a sieve to catch silt from flowing into nearby Whitehawk Lake but neighbors question if this is the best place to pile on.
Another neighbor said, “The smell,” is a big concern, “being out on our patio or even mosquitoes and bugs.”
And it’s dirty.
Kathy Terhaar said, “That's disgusting and it stinks.”
Homeowners would like know how long the sludge is going to sit there. They worry that it will smell even worse when the temperature rises.
The SID is required to clean out the basin. The project engineer says scooping will end soon and by the end of next week the piles should be dried enough for spreading on the community green space. The $10,000 project includes seeding so grass will return by fall.
But that’s news to Joe Terhaar who said, “Tell us when and what the plan is. So, that's our frustration.”
Neighbors say if they had been notified with flyers, email, or just a sign detailing the project they wouldn't be left with a pile of unanswered questions.
E&A Engineering say that moving the sludge from the area by truck would have added more than $10,000 to the project cost. A spokesman agreed with neighbors that more could have been done to notify them about the dredging.