Wednesday, November 28 2012, 09:59 PM CST
Curry County denies residents' requests to fix land slide
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com
BROOKINGS, Ore.-Curry County denies requests from residents on Sundown Drive to maintain the road so it does not continue to slide down the hill.
After the road slid last Tuesday, residents sent a letter to the county requesting the county take over maintanance of Sundown Drive.
The County wrote back, stating maintenance of this road is not its responsibility.
Residents are now drafting a response in an attempt to prove that it is up to the County to fix the road.
Jack McMahey lives on the road and says he and his neighbors "have never incurred a major catastrophe or washout of the nature that [they] have recently, which in effect is going to take a significant amount of money to correct."
Residents decided the road is no longer safe, so they put up signs and closed it down themselves.
The road provides direct access to Highway 101 for the neighborhood.
Now the only way in and out for residents, the public and emergency vehicles--the pothole-filled, narrow upper part of Sundown Road.
McMahey says since the road was accepted as a public road by Curry County in 1975, "Sundown Drive has been maintained generally by the people up [there] successfully so, but this is an emergency beyond the scope of the capabilities of the community.
McMahey is not sure where the funds for this task will come from.
He imagines the county may not have funds set aside for this job, and thus, the money may need to come from an "emergency fund."
McMahey says what he does know, is "that [they] do pay property taxes and taxes of that nature go to maintenance of county roads."
McMahey says right now, the main concerns of his community are safe access to the road once again and "the danger of this area slipping out even more and cascading down the hill."
He adds, "Its got to be fixed and soon."