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San Benito residents want city to fix privately owned road

San Benito resident, Edwin Schnider has gotten used to hearing the rattling of trucks and cars coming up and down the road outside his home that is caused by potholes.

San Benito resident Edwin Schnider has gotten used to hearing the rattling of trucks and cars coming up and down the road outside his home that is caused by potholes.

According to Schnider, the city used to take care of the road, but stopped in 2014. Since then, pot holes began popping up— making the problem worse, Schnider said.

"We have been working for the last three years to patch up the road," said Schneider. "It's bad. I mean, we have Winter Texans drive or ride their bike and what if they fall and hit the pavement?"

Schnider and his daughter have been trying to get the city to fix the problem. However, the road is privately owned, explains San Benito Assistant to City Manager Fred Bell.

"From the research the staff has conducted, we cannot find any documentation that would deem this to be a public road," Bell said. "At this point in time, we do not have anything that would deem this to be a public road."

According to Bell, the road was intended to be an access road for those living in that area. But there could be a solution to the problem.

"They can consider to have all the property owners from their property to the next adjacent public, which is line 17," said Bell. "They can dedicate a portion of their land to the city with conveying it to the city."

Bell said then the city can determine if they will accept the road.

Because the road is private, the city of San Benito is prohibited from using public funds to pay for the road repairs. The family says they have collected a petition of signatures in which they hope to present to the city.

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