Extra chairs were brought into the meeting room at the Canton Township Administration Building for Tuesday night's Board of Trustees meeting as residents petitioned for road repair.
Residents of Lexington Square and Wethersfield Condominiums packed the room to hear the trustees' decisions on resolutions to approve the necessity of fixing the roads. The trustees approved proposals for both neighborhoods, deciding that the petition from residents is sufficient and establishing the special assessment district (SAD) terms and boundaries.
"The subdivision was constructed in several phases in 1989 and 1990," said Treasurer Melissa McLaughlin about Lexington Square, south of Cherry Hill Road and east of Sheldon Road.
Bob Davis, 465 Cornell Street, said he has lived in Lexington Square for 23 years.
"The roads have deteriorated," he said. "There is pothole after pothole."
He said they have patched the roads three or four times but these aren't permanent solutions.
"We're spending $500 to $800 to patch and sweep the roads," said Dan Popoff, president of the Lexington Square Homeowners Association.
Lexington Square's roads, which are public, are under Wayne County jurisdiction, Trustee Thomas Yack said. But he commended the residents for taking action.
"Most residents sit and wait for Wayne County," he said. "But they receive virtually no money from the state for local roads."
Wethersfield Condominiums, comprised of multi-family attached dwellings south of Palmer Road and west of Haggerty Road, has roads that should be repaired now, said Tim Faas, municipal services director.
"The cost of repair increases exponentially in the next couple of years," he said.
Faas also said replacing the roads entirely with concrete will be more expensive than repairing the asphalt. Plans and cost estimates for repairing the roads will be prepared after engineers assess the roads, he said, and the contracts for repairs will be publicly bid.