Rough Roaders Riding Again

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The residents along the roads threatened with discontinued town maintenance are gearing up for a protest.

Local resident Lew Levenson protested the fact that the council tabled the issue before allowing public comments at its meeting last month.

Now, Levenson has sent out an electronic call to arms to his neighbors.

He gathered together about 23 residents from Cedar and Sutton Roads at a meeting Saturday, Nov. 23.

Levenson said the meeting was to make sure everyone is adequately informed. He also wanted the group to decide what, if any, action should be taken to ensure the town council is fully aware of the concerns of the residents most affected by the decision.

Levenson told the Roundup the residents decided they needed more information and committees were created to bring more details back to another meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 in the Manzanita Manor community room.

Meetings between the town and residents on the roads involved will take place in January, according to Public Works Engineer LaRon Garrett.

All the residents and property owners involved will be receiving written notice of the meetings sometime before the end of December, Garrett said.

The meeting with residents and property owners who had their dirt roads coated with a single chip seal to control dust during the summer will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Residents and property owners who still have dirt roads will meet with town representatives Wednesday, Jan. 8. Both meetings are at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Garrett said he expects between 250 and 300 people at both meetings.

At the Nov. 14 meeting, Garrett told the council the roads given a single chip seal this summer to control dust will not need any further maintenance for two to three years.

Levenson said if the Cedar and Sutton Roads were flat and straight, like in farm country, the chip seal might last up to three years. But after three months, some of it is already eroding because the roads are more like a roller-coaster than a flat farm road.

“It hasn’t held up, but the council believes what their technical experts tell them.

“It could provide embarrassment for a future council,” Levenson said.

He said many of those attending the Nov. 23 meeting were disturbed by the lack of notice on the issue.

The proposal made to the council by Garrett Nov. 14 would have the town discontinue all maintenance of private roads given the single chip seal this summer. This would include no longer using a snow plow on the roads.

The roads could be turned over to the town when the drainage problems on them were corrected and a second chip seal had been put on the surface.

The other private, dirt roads will continue to be maintained until they have been given a single chip seal, something Garrett expects to complete in a few years.

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