PARKERSBURG - City Council members will be asked to approve $34,000 for Wyndemere road repairs in late August, but residents are already moving forward with the paving project.
Mayor Bob Newell said the Wyndemere project will be brought to council for a vote at the Aug. 27 meeting. Three council members - John Rockhold, John Kelly and Roger Brown - have indicated they would sponsor the ordinance, Newell said.
In the meantime, Wyndemere homeowners say they have already made arrangements with a contractor and hope to have work begin on the roads in September
"They are going to go ahead and do the roads because they can't wait," Newell said. "They are still hoping that we will put in $34,000 and then take the roads over when they are finished. They are going to go ahead and try to get it completely done."
John Migliore, president of the Wyndemere Homeowners Association, said the project is considered small for most contractors and as such won't be done until the end of the regular road paving season.
"We always intended to start as soon as we could get a contractor," he said. "In order to make sure we are on those schedules, we've got to plan ahead to him now."
Migliore said the association will make its first payment at the beginning of September and hopes to see work begin soon after. The initial parts of the project will address areas where the road has been damaged.
"The basecoat is fine," he said. "There are some areas where we purposefully left dips to act as speed bumps. Those areas have to be fixed. Once we get that fixed we are going to be putting on the wearcoat."
Migliore reiterated all of the work would be done through a contractor and not by the city. The city's money would be used to pay for the end part of the project.
Migliore referred to the city's possible $34,000 contribution to the project as a "taxpayer refund."
"We've been part of the city since 1999 and the city hasn't done anything for us since 1999," Migliore said. "If the city chooses to give us the money and work with us to get the roads dedicated and the community is left as-is, we would be all for it."
Newell said once the project is completed the city would dedicate the roads, taking over care and maintenance of the streets. Only one section of the road, the part containing the gate that leads into Vienna, would not be dedicated.
"It will exclude that roadway that goes to the gate," he said.
The gate has been a sticking point for some council members. City attorney Joe Santer has said since the other end of Wyndemere, which connects to College Parkway in Parkersburg, is ungated, it would not fit the definition of a gated community and would be considered accessible by the public.
Newell said he believes the issue boils down to fairness and the city's responsibility. Newell pointed to other subdivisions which have had their streets dedicated by the city.
"I understand the reluctance on the part of some, but this is a problem not unlike other problems that have been dealt with in the city," he said. "The gate really should not be the deciding factor."