2009-09-12 / News

Rain turns Buckeye Lake streets into a muddy mess

By Scott Rawdon

BUCKEYE LAKE - Rosebraugh Circle looked more like Rosebraugh mote Tuesday as pouring rains churned up a river of mud from the street, which, like most Buckeye Lake streets, has lost much of it pavement as public water distribution lines are installed.

Rosebraugh Circle resident John Geiger said while he appreciates the work contractor Stillion Brothers Excavating is doing to install the water lines, he wonders if the company is maintaining the streets properly until the project's conclusion, as requuired in its contract with the village.

"Stillion is responsible for the road conditions until the end of their contract," said Buckeye Lake Mayor Frank Foster. "They have been responsive to problems when brought to our attention." He said the village is trying to formulate an approach to deal with the road issues, especially this winter. "We haven't come up with a great approach to the problem yet but we're working on it," said Foster. "This was a major part of our discussion at our last construction meeting."

For now, Village Clerk Tim Matheny said anyone with a complaint about road conditions should contact the Village Offices and fill out a written complaint form. Only two forms have been filled out so far, he said.

Matheny said Stillion will need to complete more permanent repairs to the streets before winter, when construction will be on hold during the harshest weather. Matheny said that at the rate construction is going, water lines may be installed before winter, but the streets can't be repaved until the water lines are pressure tested next year.

Water line construction workers are working four 10-hour days per week, Monday through Thursday. Matheny said every Thursday crews inspect the streets and fill where necessary. As mentioned, any specific complaints should be directed to the Village Offices so Stillion Brothers can be notified.

Matheny said he was aware Rosebraugh Circle is particularly muddy, but added that it was a private road until this summer, when the village took it over so water lines could be installed.

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