Guilford Selectmen OK $232K Road Bond for Tamarack Lane

The Tamarack Lane housing development in Guilford (CT Examiner).


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GUILFORD – The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a $232,500 road bond Monday for construction on Tamarack Lane, where about 20 homes are planned to be built.

The developer requested to post a surety bond, Town Engineer Janice Plaziak said, adding that the bond would ensure the completion of about 2,000 linear feet of road. 

“It’s a dead end,” she said. “It’s a cul-de-sac road, so it is limited to the number of houses it’s going to have on it. It’s never going to extend.”

Plaziak said the housing market is good right now, but if something were to change, subdivisions can sit vacant for a long time. The bond, she said, ensures that the road portion of the project can be completed.

“I am requiring that certain safety items are in place before I sign off on the certificate of occupancy, such as guide rails,” she said. “The curbing has been installed and there’s a bit of a drainage issue they’re going to address, as there isn’t a second layer of pavement at this point.”

Work on the project has already begun along Long Hill Road, a town-owned road, where Tamarack Lane juts out between Spruce Hill and Bullard drives. The developer, Branford-based Vigliotti Construction, still owns Tamarack Lane.

“I had required they post a $120,000 cash bond at Guilford Savings Bank under a street excavation permit to do all the work along the front,” Plaziak added. “They still have outstanding work to complete. The biggest being sidewalk construction. That bond would not be released from me until they complete all the work that’s supposed to happen on the existing town road under our permitting process.”

Other additions along the new road include installing trees, cleaning existing infrastructure and curb repair. A final course of pavement for the road is typically completed after the houses are finished, Plaziak said. Guilford First Selectman Matthew Hoey said on Thursday that most of the homes being constructed contain three bedrooms.