City stuck paying for replacement street in new subdivision - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/23/10

City stuck paying for replacement street in new subdivision

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By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The city's policy is, generally speaking, to not pave streets but instead make developers pave them. But Lubbock is paying to pave the relatively new subdivision "Orchard Park" in Southwest Lubbock. So, KCBD NewsChannel 11 asked "why?"

Public Works Director Marsha Reed says the city accepted the streets approximately two or three years ago and "they met specs at the time." She says the warranty period on a new street is typically one year and the warranty period is long since expired.

Homes in Orchard Park generally cost $300,000 or more.

Reed says she tried to convince the City Council to at least try to hold the developers responsible but Council felt like there was little chance of success. Grudgingly, it seems, Reed concedes the point.

So, she assigned an in-house city crew to re-pave the streets in concrete "from Quaker to their [subdivision] circle," which would be 109th & Quaker east to 109th & Norfolk. Since the work is done in–house Reed says that will save money. She estimated even with labor costs it should be $300,000 give or take. "People in that neighborhood should be very happy," she says. They had been complaining about the bad condition of the streets.

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