**UPDATE** Wednesday - August 28th, 8:30am
Aiken City Council will vote on September 23rd on whether or not to accept a plan where improvements will be done by the developer to fix cracks and leaks. The city will then have to assess the condition of the roads for a one year period. If the roads stay in good condition after a year, the city will adopt the roads… meaning the responsibility of maintaining them will be on Aiken.
Tuesday - August 27th, 7:30am
Tonight, residents in Aiken County's Gem Lakes Estates will hear from the developers on a plan to possibly fix their roads. Roads that these neighbors say have been in poor condition since the day one section of the neighborhood was built 4 years ago.WJBF News Channel 6's Barclay Bishop reports.
Over the course of 4 years, the roads in the neighborhood have been deteriorating. Patches to repair the roads keep being made. Unfortunately, not only does that create an eye sore, devaluing property values, but it could eventually cause sink holes due to the water that runs underneath the road. Residents have taken their concerns to the city, who says it's up to the developers to fix the problem. So far that hasn't been done. Tonight, a work session will be held and the developers are to be presenting a plan - but what that plan is, remains to be seen.
"I would hope the developer has something positive, and some plan to move this forward and really repair this road," said Rich Decker who lives in Gem Lakes Estates. "Come up with the engineered solution that the citizens have asked for and let's get on with doing this. My expectation is, this was supposed to have been done in August, it isn't, we have delay after delay."
"The issues that are showing up now were known in the beginning, and for one reason or another, the work didn't get built by specifications and then the city didn't enforce the specifications," said Reggie Ebner, Aiken City Councilman. "It's a new neighborhood, we're glad to have it in the city, but nevertheless, you're supposed to have a 20, 5 year road and that's what we want to have in the city. Because otherwise it falls on the taxpayers back to fix it."
The developers, Gaul and Kisner, LLC, originally told the residents that they would have the roads repaired by the end of August but that hasn't been done. The city had someone estimate the cost of repair, and it came out to $1.2 million. News Channel 6 tried reaching out to the developers but we were unsuccessful in making contact.
The public is invited to tonight's work session. It's at 4pm in Room 204 of City Hall.
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