Tarmacing the road inside Bole Beshale Sunshine Community Village is well underway, beginning earlier this week. The real estate company, Sunshine Construction, has moved its machinery and personnel in, who have been active rehabilitating the damaged parts of the road inside the first phase of the compound laying on a 50,000sqm plot.
There are close to 88 villas and 14 blocs of condos each comprising 20 flats. Although the asphalt road was constructed when the first phase of the project inaugurated by Mayor Diriba Kuma three years ago, the quality of its construction and durability has been a source of misgivings among newly moved residents. The company`s managers were prompt in acknowledging the issue and had expressed their commitment to rectify the problem.
The ongoing construction has obviously caused inconvenience to residents when they park their vehicles, and some were complaining about lack of notice beforehand over the past three or four days. However, construction workers anticipate that work will continue for the remaining of the week, where they will begin spraying the road bitumen perhaps on Saturday.
They expect part of the road to open beginning next Monday before they start to cordon the other side of the compound.
The board of directors of the Bole Beshale Sunshine Construction Homeowners` Association has outsourced the security services of the village to a private company, Menta Security & Human Resources Plc. Members of the board met two weeks ago to decide on the offers made by no less than five security companies, where two were found technically qualified during an evaluation made by a subcommittee of four assigned by the board in November 2017.
Menta was selected for the job after its offer of 43,700 Birr monthly fee for a deployment of 25, including a superintendent, was found competent to what its second bidder, GOH Security Services Plc, has offered at 800 Birr more, but for a deployment of 23 security personnel, including a superintendent.
Members of the board have agreed to offer a contract to Menta for no less than a one year term, which was followed up by a negotiation involving the Chairman, Ato Gebeyehu Tebeje and his deputy, Ato Negede Abera, and the company`s senior managers. The contract was signed on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, after an agreement was reached for the security company to begin services in five days, according to association leaders.
Addressing the problems of liquid discharges from septic tanks built inside the Bole Beshale Sunshine Community Village in a sustainable manner is one of the five major issues Board of Directors of the Home Owners' Association is concerned. The way in which the septic tanks were designed was to let the liquid purified in a filtering process, for discharges onto the lush field behind the south-eastern side of the compound.
This was not to be. Allocations of plots by the city administration for further development of housing projects brought the plan to an abrupt end. Construction works progressing by couples of apartment blocs by housing cooperatives neighbouring Bole Beshale Sunshine Community Village blocked passage for the liquid discharges.
Regrettably, this has caused stress to the homeowners and residents in the immediate distance to the septic tanks, while poses a significant threat to the community as a whole. Neither will there be a quick fix to the problems, considering the major infrastructure works required to build an outlet to the public sewerage line nearby.
Based on a complaint lodged by a homeowner, the Board of Directors has deliberated on the seriousness of the issue during their extraordinary meeting held inside the Association’s Office, on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
Albeit sharp debates on the course of actions needed to be taken to respond to the potential crisis, Board of Directors has agreed to take four measures in a concurrent manner.
- There should be trucks deployed to transport the liquid discharge as immediately as it can be done;
- The Board should start engagement with leaders of the neighbourhood cooperatives to reach into shared concerns and explore a common ground for best course of actions;
- Based on the consensus to be reached with these cooperatives, the Board should initiate formal engagement with senior management staff members of Sunshine Construction Plc; and,
- The tripartite parties – the Board, the Cooperatives and Sunshine Construction – would take their appeals to the local authorities at the wereda and district offices of Bole for lasting resolutions of the problem. In the meantime, the Board has agreed to petition homeowners inside the Village in its bid to let them voice the grave concerns for the community.