Construction site operator found guilty of failing to obtain storm-water permits.

AuthorTeske, Ali
PositionSteven Sharpe

Byline: Ali Teske

A jury has found a Waterford man guilty of failing to carry out storm-water best practices at a Milwaukee construction site, the DOJ announced Monday.

Steven Sharpe was sentenced to pay $39,531.00 as a monetary penalty and is now prohibited from submitting storm-water permitting documents to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for three years. The state alleged Sharped had committed five violations, including failing to obtain a storm-water discharge permit, develop a storm-water management plan and inspect storm-water best-management practices.

According to the court complaint, Sharpe had an agreement with Gregorio Montoto, Valdemar Escobar and Mauricio Zermeno, business partners operating under the name Sport Center, for the construction of a recreational soccer field on five acres with areas of delineated wetland at 9622 W. Allyn Street, 9015 North 96th Street and 9125 North 96th Street, in Milwaukee.

De-vegetation and other construction activities for the project began in December 2015. The DNR issued the first of its many citations to Sport Center on Feb. 17, 2016, for its failure to obtain proper permitting and to have an erosion-control plan in place. A stop-work order was issued by Milwaukee on February 25, but the work continued.

At a May 3 DNR enforcement conference, Montoto informed the DNR that he had hired Sharpe to obtain the needed storm-water permits. At that same conference, Sharpe acknowledged he was an architect with experience related to storm-water permitting.

A second enforcement conference was held on Sept. 8. The complaint alleges that the defendants told the DNR they might scrap their plans for the soccer complex and build apartments instead. The DNR provided photographic evidence...

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