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Small Kent Co. Neighborhood Deals with Big Road Problem

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HARRINGTON, Del. (WBOC) - Friendship Village in Harrington is a small neighborhood with a big road problem. That problem is about a mile of unfinished road.

Bob Nemeth moved into one of the first houses built in the development six years ago.

"I actually thought this was going to be quite a development at that time," he said. "There were many lots here. It looked like things were moving along pretty good. Things stalled out."

So, the neighborhood's road were never finished. The construction grade road is down. The finished pavement is not.

Portions of the roads lead nowhere. Manholes protrude from the roads in spots.

It's been like that for years.

The development was connected to disgraced and indicted developer Michael Zimmerman. So, it's tied up with the banks and courts. That means nobody is moving to finish the neighborhoods roads.

That's a real problem. Harrington Mayor Tony Moyer says the city can't afford to step in and finish the road and can't provide a number of basic services on an unfinished road.

"As a city we can't get in there and offer them any of the street services - street sweeping, plowing in the winter time," said Moyer.

That's serious. Unplowed roads could block emergency crews from getting into the neighborhood if necessary.

In addition to street sweeping and plowing, the city can't fix potholes. The people living in the neighborhood's 13 homes are left to do it and pay for it themselves.

"We'll have to fix the roads ourselves, patch the holes. The potholes are getting worse and worse," said Nemeth.

Neighbors pay for plowing, too. And they paid hundreds recently to fix up the neighborhood entrance sign.

About a month ago, Harrington City Council made a move on the road issue.

"The only thing we can do is give them a tax break on the taxes they're paying, because they're not getting full city services," said Moyer. "We recognize that."

It worked out to 11 cents less on every $100 of assessed property value. It's not much, but Nemeth says it's something.

"Every little bit helps."

Until there's resolution with the banks and courts, it seems unlikely these roads will be finished. Getting that resolution could take many years more.

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