A five-block-long section of West 18th is creating a hazard to vehicles traveling to the River’s Edge golf course.
The blacktop is owned by the golf course, which struggles to keep it repaired.
West 18th is a city dedicated street until the 500 block (Ash St.) Randy Richards, the owner of a business at 501 W. 18th, and Bear Jorgenson, the owner of Rivers Edge Golf Club, asked the council to take the street into the city’s jurisdiction.
Jorgenson said he’s hauled truckloads of asphalt millings and crushed concrete to shore up the road, but the road takes a beating in heavy rains, creating dangerous pot holes.
“It’s an embarrassment,” Richards said, as he noted the golfers, individuals and civic groups who use the golf course and Another Round Sports Bar and Grill.
Councilman Ty Lucas advised Richards and Jorgenson to apply for quality growth funds instead of the city assuming responsibility for the road. Lucas said there is a special “small business” application for the fund.
He said the city is already overburdened with street repairs.
In response the questions from Councilman Andrew Lee, the city’s contracted engineer, Tom Werblow, said the city’s standards could possibly require subsurface work to the road, if the city took it over.
Councilman Ed Rieker liked that idea. Rieker said his constituents would drive him out of town if he voted for putting the street in the city’s jurisdiction, because West Ninth needs improvement and isn’t getting it, even though it’s been on the city plans for years.