Deteriorating road confounds Lake Dunlap neighborhood outside New Braunfels
Neighbors feel abandoned by developer, ignored by city, Guadalupe County
Homeowners in the Oasis at Lake Dunlap neighborhood just outside New Braunfels may be stuck with a big bill thanks to a deteriorating road and a disappearing developer.
River Park Drive is a road built just outside the neighborhood and leads to Lake Dunlap.
Four years of truck and residential traffic have exposed deep cracks and sinking spots in the road.
To find out who should fix it, the homeowners' association scoured legal documents filed when the neighborhood was approved.
HOA Vice President Craig Rickaway said the documents show the neighborhood does not have to make repairs.
"It says the only thing we are supposed to maintain is the drainage easement and the park," Rickaway said.
Worried about their property values going down, they asked Guadalupe County officials to fix the road, but they say the county has refused.
“They're basically saying it wasn't built to standards,” Rickaway said.
Fellow resident Michael Calta is frustrated as well.
"It wasn't built correctly in the first place,” Calta said. “Now you have the open cracks (and) the water going into the open cracks and the situation is getting worse."
Rickaway said the neighborhood is left holding the bag.
"We don't think we should be fixing a road that wasn't built properly in the first place," Rickaway said.
However, Guadalupe County First Assistant County Attorney Robert Etlinger said the developer of the neighborhood went bankrupt and the county thought the road was private.
"There is no documentation with Guadalupe County indicating that we were ever told that there was a plan for these roads to be turned over to the public," Etlinger said.
He said the road is just outside New Braunfels and is within the city's control.
"We had an interlocal agreement for the city to do the approval of the plat," Etlinger said.
Guadalupe County said it was the City of New Braunfels' job to watch out for the contractor on the project.
But New Braunfels Assistant City Attorney Frank Onion said the city was not responsible.
Now, neighbors are looking at the prospect of paying extra taxes to fix the road and then get the county to maintain it.
City of New Braunfels officials said when the neighborhood was platted, no maintenance bond from the developer was required.
City officials added that the developer was responsible for requiring the road contractor to guarantee the materials and workmanship for two years and provide a guarantee to homeowners.
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