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#1 RogerWilco

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 08:36 AM

Can someone explain how Fort Worth prioritizes what areas get top treatment for city maintenance like mowing/weeding and general cleaning up?

I ask because I recently moved from Arlington Heights/Monticello area to White Lake Hills just East of downtown and see a marked difference in roadside care and upkeep as you head east out of downtown.

White Lake Hills is a wonderful old neighborhood with elevation and great views and the property taxes are lower here. 

If the answer is that I pay lower property taxes here, can someone point me to the publication that spells out how the difference in services are classified.

Is there a written document that says:

Monticello area receives A class maintenance service and White Lake Hills area receives C class service?

 

Thanks for any insight.



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Posted 23 October 2017 - 09:33 AM

I don't know of any documentation on the priorities. From what I've observed it seems like the adage 'the squeaky wheel gets the grease' applies most often. Letter writing, relationships with councilmen, organised groups etc. can get things some attention from the city. The more noise a neighborhood can make, the quicker things can get fixed.

 

There's a street section near my office that is getting some attention over the last couple weeks, mainly due to a letter from an HOA sent a couple weeks prior. Storm sewer repairs and surface repairs which had been needed for some time.


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 12:40 PM

I know someone who used to work in the T/PW department of the city who was involved with road repair.  They do have a process for prioritizing and they try to balance it, but among the items that drive the prioritization, citizen complaints does play a role (i.e., squeaky wheel).  That said, even if someone in a certain area never complains, some repairs will still get prioritized for that part of town.

 

It might also be worth pointing out that there are simply terrible roads in some of the "nice" parts of town that linger for years before being repaired.  Overton Park East has been a veritable minefield for years while sewer replacement has dragged on.


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