Elgin Street residents take on road repairs

"There's at least 3 or 4 other people out here that are neighbors seeing what we're trying to do and they're jumping in, they're out here getting involved," said Silva.

Posted: Feb. 28, 2018 4:53 PM

"Here we call it Lake Elgin when it's raining really good, the water just fills up and stays here," said Braxton Jackson, program Director for the Freedom House in Oroville.

"Kids want to play in it and it's just not safe, when water is stagnant like that," said Angie Silva, Freedom House Manager and Intake Coordinator.

This all started more than 100 years ago when property owners west of Lincoln said they didn't want the county messing in their business.

Well, now the city's hands are tied and current property owners are left with the burden.

Back in 1917, the area was still under county jurisdiction. But when the city annexed south in 2014, that agreement had to be upheld.

"There's lots of kids and if there was an emergency, the EMT's wouldn't be able to come down here quick enough to save someone's life, honestly," said Valerie Vargas, Freedom House resident.

At the end of the road is a group of people living in a program of recovery form drug and alcohol additions.

Freedom House started up about 4 years ago, but every winter season, the problem gets worse and worse.

"The damages to your car - you have to be very careful, and coming up and down the street daily, that does some wear and tear, that's frustrating especially for people that are on a tight budget like myself," said Silva.

We first told you about this problem a few weeks ago, and since then, an anonymous donor delivered the gravel needed to fill a lot of the potholes.

"We wanted to do this but didn't have the resources. When you spread the word and someone hears and wants to help, that's awesome! I was excited when I drove up and saw the pile, I couldn't wait to get started," said Silva.

"I'm busting sweat right now, I have a flat tire on my wheelbarrow!" said Vargas.

"There's at least 3 or 4 other people out here that are neighbors seeing what we're trying to do and they're jumping in, they're out here getting involved," said Silva.

"We're just really trying to pull together here to make a difference in this and other areas of town to clean up the south side of Oroville," said Jackson.

Oroville's city administrator says if the city were to do repair work on Elgin Street, it would be an illegal gift of public funds.

But, if the residents keep at it and get the road to a certain standard of repair, they could ask the city to accept it back into the road system.

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