Driveway Repaving Price Tag Upsets Neighbors 1-06-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Driveway Repaving Price Tag Upsets Neighbors 1-06-2011

A Saginaw Township subdivision is divided after a section of the street was paved with concrete and another with asphalt.
Homeowners on Wayside Drive are split about the recent resurfacing project.
“A lot of people are mad because we've got to pay the same amount for asphalt as our neighbors gotta pay the same thing for concrete with curbs and it doesn't really seem too fair,” said resident Darin Scott. He lives on the asphalt side.
Concrete was poured on the street in front of 22 homes at a cost of $131,000. Asphalt was poured in front of 55 homes totaling $165,000. Residents have to pay $3,578 no matter which side of the street they live on.
“It doesn't seem fair that we've got to pay the same amount. Either they can put concrete in ours or we can pay less,” said Scott.
“If it comes out that the concrete side has to pay more, so be it, but now is not the time to bring it up; we all had the opportunity to talk about it at the public meetings,” said Kim Hall. She lives on the concrete side.
TV 5’s Liz Gelardi asked the Saginaw County Road Commission why not use one surface to pave the street.
“This office recommended to Saginaw Township that the best value for their, and the resident dollar, would be to replace the road as it was with concrete. The asphalt portions of the road were determined to have adequate sub base to support a new asphalt surface, and were replaced as such,” said Saginaw County Road Commission Managing Director Brian Wendling.
Hall said she is glad the road is now smooth. A decision on the costs to home owners hasn't yet been reached.
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