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Banks says it’ll repair Gold Creek entrance

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POSTED: December 9, 2009 4:00 a.m.
Michele Hester Dawson Community News/

Heavy rainfall caused a pipe to collapse nearly three months ago at the front entrance of the Gold Creek subdivision. Last week, the Region's Bank pledged to repair the entrance and reopen the road.

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The main entrance to Gold Creek subdivision off Hwy. 136 will be repaired, an official with Regions Bank said last week, though it’s not clear how soon that will happen.

  

Tim Deighton of Regions Corporate Communications in Alabama said in a statement last week that the bank plans to fix the problem, but did not offer any specifics.

  

“We are aware of the homeowner concerns and, having considered their request, we are currently making arrangements to complete the necessary repairs to the bridge and access road,” Deighton said.

  

Heavy rainfall in September collapsed a pipe at the entrance of the some 100-home community, which also includes about 200 students from neighboring Southern Catholic College.

  

Since then, residents have grown increasingly frustrated at the inability to get the road repaired.

  

Joe Brakebill, president of the Gold Creek Homeowners Association, said lawyers representing the two groups are working to resolve the matter.

  

“We’ve been told they’re going to repair the road, but we haven’t been given a schedule on when it will be fixed,” he said Monday. “We do feel better that they’ve publicly said they are going to fix it.”

  

According to Dawsonville and Dawson County officials, who also heard pleas from residents to repair the road, the front entrance is part of the now defunct Gold Creek Golf Club and golf course, which Regions Bank foreclosed on earlier this year.

  

Regions Bank placed cement barricades to block the entrance, but until last week had not accepted responsibility to make repairs.

  

Late last month Deighton called the collapsed road a “complicated situation” that the bank was working to resolve quickly.

  

In addition to more traffic through the community, residents worry about delays to emergency response time.

  

The back entrance to the neighborhood is on Shoal Creek Road, which is about six minutes away from 136.

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