Front yard protest in Bartram Trail

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News 12 at 11, June 13, 2007

COLUMBIA CTY, Ga. --- Neighbors in a Columbia County development are speaking out after not getting the amenities they say were promised to them. We're talking about Bartram Trail. People who live there say their developer Blanchard and Calhoun promised them a pool, and community center. A couple years have gone by and nothing has happened, until today.

The signs say it all. "Bartram Trail community pool 2007, yeah, right!"

"We're all very frustrated. Very frustrated. We feel like we've been given broken promise after broken promise. And we just want to see some results," Karyn Edmondson said.

Karyn Edmondson has lived at Bartram Trail for almost two years. She says one of the major selling points for her family was the playground that was suppose to be built right across the street from her house. And she's not the only one upset. Neighbors say they don't understand why it's taken so long for the swimming pool, club house, and walking trails.

"We pay good money for homes like this and we moved here because of the amenities that they promised us. We did not realize it would take this long to get them," Penny Lafauci said.

This is where the pool is suppose to be. Neighbors say they've waited more than two years for this. Take a look, the company deciding to deliver. Neighbors say this equipment arrived just before we did.

"I think it's kind of unique when a couple of the residents here start to put up signs in their yard, started to protest, and finally got ahold of the media, that a truck shows up. I don't believe for one second their going to start construction," Donald Bowers said.

Some got tired of waiting and had to get a pool of their own.

"I think that Blanchard and Calhoun have a good reputation in town, and I think it's getting tarnished. I think people of that stature, when they say they're going to do something, they should do it. And if they don't they should meet with us and give us a real good reason why it's not happening," Bowers said.

Even the Bartram Trail web-site says "Coming soon! Pool and recreation." And a lot of families in Bartram Trail have young children and the pool played a big part in moving here.

"We're not trying to be hard to get along with, we just want what we were promised and what we're paying for with our homeowners association dues and things like that," Edmondson said.

News 12 spoke with a development manager at Blanchard and Calhoun who said the equipment was delivered today, and construction will start on Monday. He says they'll work through the summer with plans to open the pool next year.

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