The North Bend Eagle



City providing maintenance, not repair on lake roads

Nathan Arneal
Published 7/10/19

New roads and water meters were topics at the July 2 North Bend City Council meeting.

Roy Wright, representing the Pioneer Lake Homeowners Association, asked for clarification on whose responsibility it is to repair the Pioneer Lake roads from flood damage.

When Pioneer Lake was annexed last year the agreement was that the roads within the housing division would be publicly maintained but privately owned.

City clerk Theresa Busse said that means the city takes care of routine maintenance like grading roads, moving snow and occasionally adding rock or gravel but does not include damage repair from the flood.

“Any dime we spend we will get zero (federal) reimbursement because they’re private roads and it’s up to the homeowners association,” Busse said.

Wright said he understood, but he wanted clarification for the future as to what the line is between maintenance and repair. He also asked the city to consider repairing a large pothole created by the flooding on one of the Pioneer Lake roads.

Wright was also told that at least one of the Pioneer Lake roads will get an upgrade when work to repair the river dike begins. Busse said the project is slated for about $730,000, two-thirds of which is for building a road to access the dike on the south side of Pioneer Lake.

If Pioneer Lake lets the work crew use its road to the dike, the road will be built up to handle the heavy equipment needed for the job.

“It will be a substantial road compared to what you have now,” councilman Dan Minarick told Wright.

The other option, Busse said, is to build a road through the field to the west of Pioneer Lake.
In other business, the city is currently replacing all water meters in North Bend, a task that has been slowed due to a lack of manpower. Initially, local plumbers were to assist, but their schedules have not allowed them to make much headway in the more than 500 meters that have to be replaced.

PeoplesService, the city’s water manager, has hired and trained some individuals to go door to door installing the meters, which began last week. After some people called city hall questioning the legitimacy of the workers, they will be wearing yellow shirts that say “water department” on them and carrying signed letters from city hall that citizens can request to see. Residents can call city hall with further questions.

The new meters will be installed at no cost to the homeowner and will be read electronically, making the door-to-door monthly readings done in the past unnecessary.


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