CHEEK SPARGER DRAINAGE, FENCING AND BEAUTIFICATION

UPDATE on June 20th from Jim Vaught - Chair of the Compliance Committee:

The City of Bedford completed installation of a concrete channel that should help guide the Ashbury curb flow to the nearest side of the ditch rather than going over the drain pipe and eroding the dirt from under the Cheek-Sparger pavement. This work does not directly prevent the water from flowing over the 3917 driveway in heavy downpours, which is the source of flow under the perimeter fence, but it could help by reducing back pressure.  


READ BELOW FOR 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 and several feet outside the fence belong to individual residents (footage varies by property owner).

The first order of business was to meet with the City and our HOA President, Kim Smith, and Compliance Chairman, Jim Vaught, have had several sessions over the last year and some repairs to the ditch were done last Spring;  additional work was postponed when they were informed that Cheek Sparger was to be resurfaced.  Since then, they have had City personnel walk with them 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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