Dyer contractor fixes landscaping for Hobart homeowners

2013-06-14T18:35:00Z 2013-07-02T13:58:04Z Dyer contractor fixes landscaping for Hobart homeownersDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | A Dyer contractor returned to Hobart this past week to restore a collapsed retaining wall after homeowners filed a complaint.

"I just wanted my name cleared. I take pride in my work and like to have a lasting relationship with my customers for return work," contractor Mike Bultema said.

The Hobart Contractor's Licensing Board last month ruled Bultema faced up to $4,000 in fines unless he returned to the 1000 block of Lake George Drive to take corrective action and obtain necessary paperwork, including licensing and a permit with the city.

Hobart Building Official Mike Hannigan, who inspected the nearly completed restoration work Friday, said he will ask the board when it meets next month to waive any fines against Bultema.

Bultema also has obtained necessary paperwork with the city, Hannigan said.

"He's doing it right this time," Hannigan said.

Residents Dora and Jim Reynolds filed a complaint against Bultema after paying about $10,000 to Bultema's company, Courtyard Services Inc., for landscaping work, including improvements to a retaining wall next to their driveway.

The retaining wall, which was completed by Bultema in mid-September, collapsed in April after a rainstorm, Dora Reynolds told officials.

She said she asked the contractor to come to her house and check out what had occurred and he told her it was "an act of God."

City Engineer Phil Gralik said there were several problems with the retaining wall, including no drainage tile.

Bultema admitted he hadn't gone to the city to receive licensing. However, there were some extenuating circumstances, including a 6-inch rain that fell right after the wall was completed and a new driveway was put in, he said.

"The base of the wall might have been compromised," Bultema said.

The Reynolds said they are pleased Bultema returned to make things right at no charge to them.

"When you pay that much money, you expect it to stay up for a while. We're happy with the results," Dora Reynolds said.

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