Sanchez disappointed with contractor's work

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Precinct 1 Commissioner Zenaida Sanchez and other county officials have decided to prep Rodriguez and Garza streets on their own they say because of a lack of effort on the part of Younts Construction to adequately prepare the roads for seal coating on Saturday.

Sanchez, along with her foreman and Chip Weaver, who is contracted to lay the seal coating, surveyed the road preparations made by Younts on both streets, and found that it wasn't adequate to lay out a proper coat.

"Younts didn't prep the road the way Weaver wanted. The road base was not prepared, or built and smooth. Weaver said he couldn't do it in that condition," Sanchez said. "If he did, he said it would come up in a week."

The county wanted to get the road done, especially during the optimum weather conditions this weekend.

Sanchez said since the base was not prepared, the county will step in to do the work and get Younts out of the picture, Sanchez said.

"Normally, the county doesn't intervene in situations like this, but we've had contracts with Younts in this area since 2006 and this is way too long," Sanchez said. "I'm ready to get them out of here."

Precinct 1 employees will be in charge now of the preparations, and Sanchez mobilized the water, caliche and maintainers necessary to prep the road for the Weaver work this week.

Sanchez said this was money her precinct could have spent in other areas, but will now be diverted to complete the project.

Both Sanchez and County Judge L. Arnoldo Saenz felt it was a necessary expense to see the county take an active role in the construction and make sure the job is done right.

"This contractor was obviously not up to the task and we're extremely disappointed," Sanchez said.

Road and bridge crews were out today on Rodriguez Street, and if completed, will move out to Garza Street Tuesday.