Archive for Thursday, May 10, 2001

Residents should share responsibility for Winchester Road

Editorial

May 10, 2001

There's just no pleasing some people.

For months, residents have come to the Eudora City council, complaining about the condition of Winchester Road. Among the many problems created by the gravel road is dust no doubt a source of aggravation for nearby residents.

The city council listened to the complaints. Plans were made to pave the road. Money was set aside. The council even enlisted the help of the county, which agreed to contribute $200,000 toward the project.

It's been a long process, but the city is getting close. City workers estimate they could start the paving process as early as this summer. That should make everyone happy, right?

Wrong.

You see, paving a road involves more than just putting down some asphalt. The width and curvature of the road will have to be adjusted. Consequently, some nearby residents are being asked to give up a few feet of land along the roadside.

Again, some came to the city council with complaints.

It's understandable that no one wants to voluntarily hand over strips of land to the city. We're sure those people worked hard for what they have and are entitled to fair compensation for what they're being asked to give up. But ultimately, getting the road done should be the priority.

Let's look at what the residents would be getting for their small strips of land: no more clouds of dust every time a car passes by on a dry day, no more flying rocks, tearing up the paint jobs on their cars and no more pot holes to throw their cars out of alignment.

The property values of the nearby homes would undoubtedly go up once the road is completed. That might not be great news when it comes to paying property tax, but overall, that's the direction most people want to see their property values to go.

We encourage the affected landowners to donate the small strips of land to the city. In the end, it will benefit us all.

It's only a matter of time before someone whispers the word lawsuit and the whole project is derailed. But county officials have already said if we can't get this worked out, they will take their money elsewhere, leaving us to come up with more money. How expensive would that be to these folks?

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