Builder compensated for inaccurate maps

Builder compensated for inaccurate maps

CUMBERLAND – Builder Daniel Santos is collecting a $3,139 settlement from the town after inaccurate water main maps provided by the town forced hours of extra digging on Diamond Hill Road, according to town officials.

Town Council members unanimously approved the payout at their Dec. 21 meeting without comment or public explanation after they learned of the issue during a Dec. 7 executive session.

Part-time town solicitor Chris Alger told The Breeze that Santos, who constructed a house at 1653 Diamond Hill Road, “incurred substantial expenses due to inaccurate water main maps on Diamond Hill Road. These expenses were in excess of $10,000. After meeting with Mr. Santos, we have come to a tentative settlement agreement.”

Alger said that mistakes on Water Department maps are unusual.

A wide patch in the road, nearly opposite La Familia Restaurant, marks the spot where the digging was done.

The three-bedroom house on a 5,000-square-foot lot sold for $275,000 in December, according to the real estate online site Zillow.