Pothole Problems Plague Private Streets

5 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, November 29 2011 Nov 29, 2011 Tuesday, November 29, 2011 4:58:00 PM CST November 29, 2011 in News
By: Christie Nicks
loading

COLUMBIA- We can all relate to the jar of slamming into a pothole. Now imagine weaving your way around dozens, daily.

"There's quite a few potholes," said Doug Spaunhorst, a resident on Mont Street in Columbia. "They've attempted to fix them a few times; but it's not getting fixed."

Spauhorst said individual property owners have patched the road in the past with loose gravel and sometimes with asphalt.  But the repairs just don't last.

Bill Baker co-owns about 90 percent of the properties along Mont Street and some of the neighboring streets and he agreed that the street is in poor condition.

"We are ready to repair Mont as soon as we get the money from all the property owners out their on the street," Baker said.

Neither the city nor the county can repair the road because it is private.

"In 1995, we established, we updated our subdivision regulations which required all neighborhoods to build public streets and they have to be built to our standards before we would accept them," said Skip Elkin, Boone County Commissioner.

But the Mont Street neighborhood was developed before those pothole rules.

For Boone County to maintain the road, Elkin said the roads must first be upgraded to a county standard. To do that, the property owner can either pay a private contractor or form a Neighborhood Improvement District.

In a Neighborhood Improvement District, Elkin said, "the owners get together and form a petition and have a vote...if they do that it's basically a self assessment to basically finance the road improvements over a period of 10 years."

But Baker said a  Neighborhood Improvement District would cost him significantly more.

"If we do this privately, the cost per land owner per building is roughly $5,000. If we do this through a NID, looking back at old numbers, you're talking about a cost per land owner of roughly $15,000 or higher per duplex," Baker said," So it's 200 percent more to go through a NID."

Spaunhost said he is surprised the roads have deteriorated so badly.

"My big question is why haven't they steadily put money aside," said Spauhorst, "It's a responsibility issue on their part. You buy a beat up old car, you're going to put some money into it to get it the way it needs to be running, I feel the same way for the roads really."

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Boone and Callaway County has a new circuit judge. Judge J. Hasbrouck “Brouck” Jacobs will preside over... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 8:04:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Mid-Missouri high school football teams are kicking off the final week of Friday Night Fever. In our FNF... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 6:51:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Fight for the First documentary was shown at the Missouri theatre for donors and students Friday. The film... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 6:32:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Below are scores from the last week of the high school football season. Final scores will be in... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 6:27:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Nigerian citizen living in St. Louis has been sentenced to six and a half years... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 6:01:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - #MeToo started as a tweet and turned into an international discussion on sexual harassment. Columbia resident Macy... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 5:52:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia is attracting attention for its innovation in collegiate eSports. From having the first varsity collegiate all-woman eSports... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 3:45:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says the state no longer will make children in foster care pay... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 3:22:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
MEXICO – A former teacher pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of sexual contact with a student. Robert Cortez,... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 3:04:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
ASHLAND - Namaste Health Care alerted 1,600 patients to a security breach that happened the weekend of Aug. 12-13. A... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 2:44:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin announced that October 20 th would be recognized every year as Buckle... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 2:42:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index, city officials... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 2:10:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Volunteers from the city and community spent the day picking up litter, clearing branches and cleaning sidewalks in... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 1:55:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he sold heroin in the hospital maternity ward... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 1:48:59 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A jazz museum that's plagued by operating losses and bounced checks to musicians could be headed... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 12:39:06 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Relatives of man who died at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility are alleging that a fungus infected... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 10:55:00 AM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A 21-year-old man faces a handful of charges for allegedly stealing from a church and also stealing... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 10:47:00 AM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Two felons from Columbia were charged in federal court with illegally having guns and ammunition. Ladame Smith... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 10:19:00 AM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 62°
2am 64°
3am 62°
4am 62°
5am 62°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:37a
Paid Program
2:07a
Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda
3:00a
LX.TV: 1st Look
2:00a
Paid Program
2:30a
Paid Program
3:00a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

6:30p
College Football
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld