Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Halted project moves forward

Affidavits and photographs satisfy city

Express Staff Writer

    The housing development that was halted on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Spruce Street in Old Hailey last week is set to move forward, following approval by the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission and the Hailey Building Department.
    The P&Z voted Monday to approve construction materials and landscaping plans for a development on the site belonging to Hailey attorney Michael Kraynick.
    “We should begin to start work again today,” Kraynick said Tuesday.
    The commission signed off on the materials after Kraynick presented samples of roofing and siding materials and landscaping plans at a P&Z meeting Monday.
    “Mr. Kraynick has complied with the commission’s requirements,” said Community Development Director Micah Austin.
    Kraynick said his failure to show up at a meeting to do so last week, as requested by the commission, was due to an illness.
    “I was sick as a dog that night,” he said in an interview. “I would have called, but when you do, you get a voicemail, so what are you going to do?”
    Kraynick said that work on the project did not proceed last week, after a stop-work order was posted on the property, as alleged by the city. He said that in fact the house-movers who lowered a building onto a foundation after the stop-work order was posted, were removing their tools from under the house.

“They (Kraynick family) assured me they would definitely call for inspections after this.”
Wayne Orvick
Building inspector

    “They needed to get their stuff out,” Kraynick said.
    Kraynick said he has been frustrated by difficulties in reaching the Building Department for inspections “because the inspector is only there occasionally.”
    He also expressed frustration with the P&Z’s requirements that specific sizes of materials be presented physically before approval can be given, and that he had done so already in any case, prior to the stop-work order.
    Hailey building official Wayne Orvick said in an interview Tuesday that concrete foundations poured on the property without final inspections have been approved, based on notarized letters from engineers, and photographs taken of the concrete forms before the concrete was poured.
    “The engineer had no reason to doubt it was done to requirements,” Orvick said.
    Orvick, who works part-time for the city as an inspector, said he was not called by Kraynick for a final inspection request prior to pouring the foundations.
    “They (Kraynick family) assured me they would definitely call for inspections after this,” he said.

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