CHEEK SPARGER DRAINAGE
The City has made significant improvements to the drainage at Ashbury Lane where it intersects Cheek Sparger Rd. Both East and West sides of Ashbury have had new concrete poured and ADA ramps installed. The concrete channel on the East side has been widened and sloped so that water running down Ashbury now easily makes its way into to the drainage ditch. A few adjustments are still needed to stop soil erosion by Public Works is aware. Many thanks to Mayor Boyter for making this a priority.
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.
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 and, actually, not legal under city codes. 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. So, on to beautification. Turns out that we have a couple of show-stopping issues.
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. We do not have that kind of funding but might be able to offer volunteer labor and some monies and can work out a financial plan with the City.
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. We have shared these ideas with the city as many other municipalities have used this approach and it would look great with our existing stone entrances. You might enjoy looking through these photos:
We'll keep you apprised of our progress and thanks for your patience and understanding.
Kim Smith - BEHA President