Last week, Fact Finders investigated the issue of potholes on private property. Since then, a dispute popped up involving a woman left with expensive damage to her car from potholes on a side street that feeds traffic into a retail development. Is this a city street or private property?
“I document everything.” Earlier this week, Joy Lesiak tried to picture what her husband and son heard when their pickup drove over some potholes near 132nd and L streets. “It was like, boom,” says her son.
“Right after they hit it, it started making a howling noise,” says Joy. Now the family is feeling impact of a $483 repair bill. “You can't swerve to miss ‘cause you might hit somebody, so your car has to take the damage and it's expensive,” says Joy.
For several days, drivers took evasive action or hoped hitting the potholes didn't damage their vehicles. The street is owned by Sam's Club and after calls from Fact Finders, the retailer had a contractor patch the potholes. Company spokesman Mark Scott said Sam's will work with the member who experienced vehicle damage to ensure the damage is repaired. He said this issue is headed to a satisfactory resolution for everyone.
“I'd like somebody to pay for it because it should have been fixed a long time ago,” says Joy.
When Sam's Club reimburses the cost of repairs for her pickup, then Joy says she’ll be happy with the response to the private pothole problem. Scott tells Fact Finders the roadway will be watched closely and if it deteriorates again, the company will come up with a more permanent solution.