CHEEK SPARGER DRAINAGE & FENCING

The City has completed installation of a concrete channel on the West side of Ashbury that will help guide the Ashbury rainwater flow into the nearest ditch rather than going over the drain pipe and eroding the dirt from under the Cheek-Sparger pavement.  It is doubtful that this work will be enough to prevent the water from flowing over the 3917 driveway during heavy downpours which is the source of the flow under the BEHA perimeter fence and the associated erosion.  We are working with the homeowner to find a solution.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND NEXT STEPS

Several residents have been inquiring about what is being done on the drainage issues along Cheek Sparger, plans to repair and stain the perimeter fencing and plans to add flower beds similar to what has been done on the entrances along Cummings Drive.  The short version is that it's complicated.  The property that adjoins the roadway and includes the drainage ditch, the walking path and part of the grassy area are City property; the fence is owned by the HOA.  In addition, any plans we make must take into account the City water line and Oncor power lines that parallel our fence.

The Cheek Sparger perimeter fence was stained and the iron railings painted in late Fall 2020.  Dealing with the ten Bradford Pear trees and beautification is still underway.  We have had many changes in our City government and your Board President is ensuring that our needs are factored into their budget and upcoming projects (of which there are many).  City personnel have seen many photos and videos and walked along the entire westbound  area from Candlewick Court across Ashbury and finally to Buckner Court.  All have observed the path of water after heavy rains and noted where the current drainage channels are ineffective.  A City engineer is involved and plans are in place to work on the worst collection point at Ashbury to move water into the drainage ditch.

Secondly, homeowners who reside along the perimeter fence are experiencing heavy run off from their properties, some of which is seeking an outlet under the fencing and undermining the concrete footings that support it.  HOA volunteers have installed gravel and pipes to ease the erosion but it is only temporary.  Once the City work has been completed, an evaluation of those situations will be done and solutions sought to protect both private property, the fencing and City property.  Money that had been allocated for this year to repair and stain the fencing may need to be diverted to repair the damage already done and stabilize the fencing.  Stay tuned, this will take a while.

So, on to beautification.  Turns out that we have a couple of show-stopping issues.

  1. There is no readily available source of water as there is along Cummings.
  2. The elevations from Welwyn Way downhill to Buckner Court would require drilling under four city streets and under private property and would be difficult and expensive due to the rocky nature of the land (you can actually see the rock protruding from the hillside).   We would also be liable for any damages.

When calculating the total expense of multiple city water meters, drilling, materials, equipment rental, licensed plumber and electrician, liability insurance etc. were were looking at funding in excess of $15 thousand.  So, your Board has voted not to pursue traditional flower beds as the costs are deemed prohibitive to replicate what has been done along Cummings. 

But don't despair, our Beautification Committee is working on an ideal plan involving Texas Natives and plants that can survive a more arid climate; the design idea is called xeriscaping.  Many cities and communities have used this approach and it would look great with our existing stone entrances.  You might enjoy looking through these photos: 

Xeriscape w/Texas Natives

We'll keep you apprised of our progress and thanks for your patience and understanding.  

Kim Smith - BEHA President


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