COUNTY STAFF ADDRESSES CONCRETE PROBLEMS AT CHAPPARAL PARK

COUNTY STAFF ADDRESSES CONCRETE PROBLEMS AT CHAPPARAL PARK

The cracked concrete slabs at Delores Wright Park will be addressed soon, according to a Doña Ana County official.
Facilities Director Ken Barton said the construction company responsible for the work on the basketball courts, skateboard park, and tennis courts will be held liable for the costs of tearing up and replacing the slabs.

Although the slabs were never accepted for maintenance by Doña Ana County, County Infrastructur Director Steve Decker said he has been working with the county's Legal Department to hold the contractor responsible.

Decker said he believes that the problem is being resolved and within the next several months, the slabs should be torn up and replaced.

There has been a great deal of frustration and concern that the children in Chaparral would end up with sub-standard facilities to play on and there would be no recourse.

"We don't want the children to get the shaft because the adults can't get together on a compromise," said community leader Alex Wright.

Decker said the process to address the issue is a slow one, but the county's procedures must be followed to the letter. He said, however, that the community's concerns have not been ignored, and his office is actively involved in negotiating a solution with the contractor.

Decker said things are often "not simple in government" and "the legal realm takes time." He also said that all the parties involved are anxious to get the concrete slabs torn up and replaced.

"The county attorneys are negotiating to resolve the issue are not going to bend," Decker said, adding that he commends Barton and his staff for being "relentless to get them (the slabs) fixed."