By Joseph Hamrick
Roads have become a hot topic in the city of Quinlan over the past few weeks, and one local landowner is frustrated with the city’s decision to not pave two in a Quinlan subdivision.
Philip Mehta, who owns land in the Quinlan Oaks subdivision, has been fighting with the city for years to pave Seay and Vaughn.
“I’ve been fighting for those streets for a long time now,” he said. “I got a flat out answer that the city is not going to do it.”
Quinlan Mayor R.W. Oliver said the responsibility to put in roads falls on the developer.
“From my understanding it’s a developers responsibility to put in the roads and everything,” he said.
According to a Hunt County court case on Nov. 27, 2006, the Quinlan City Council approved the paving of all three streets in the Quinlan Oaks Subdivision on Aug. 9, 1982.
“(Quinlan City Consultant) Billy Green said it’s in the city’s best interest to build a road through Ladd’s property to Green’s property outside the city,” Mehta said. “Why aren’t they paving two roads in the heart of the city that have been approved to be paved?”
Mehta said the lack of streets have hindered development of the area.
“Without a street, we can’t build a house,” he said. “The road is under their control and they aren’t doing anything. We need to build the houses and get people moved in.”
Nehta said the city’s refusal to pave the two streets have affected him deeply
“I feel terrible that they’re building something that leads outside the city limits to his property and not doing anything about these,” he said. “It says that someone is interested in their own dynasty instead of the city’s.”
Green refused to comment on the issue.