LAFAYETTE – Residents of a north Lafayette neighborhood say the infrastructure of their small neighborhood is falling apart, and they aren’t receiving any help from the city.
When it comes to property upkeep. The folks on Radcliffe Drive hold each other accountable.
“When one lawnmower starts in this neighborhood, all lawnmowers start,” says Donald Benjamin and Amos Washington, who have lived in this neighborhood since the 70’s.
But they say the city of Lafayette needs to hold itself accountable.
Under former mayor Joey Durel, the city made an agreement to fix crumbling driveways like this throughout the neighborhood. According to residents, they fixed four of them and then never returned.
“They fixed those over there, never fixed mine at all,” says Alton Senegal, “See how bad that is. Somebody could break their ankle.”
Says Washington, “This is a classic case of negligence.”
Amos Washington, who has lived in the same house since 1974, was told by Public Works that they do not deal with driveways anymore.
He also says he has repeatedly reached out to his councilman Kenneth Boudreaux, but has yet to get any kind of response.
“You’re in the business of serving people and you’re a public servant,” says Washington, “You’re supposed to be serving the interest of the people that you represent.”
The lack of upkeep to driveways and the culverts below is even causing flooding to the home of Donald Benjamin, a veteran who purchased his home in 1979.
“When I bought that home I planned to stay there,” says Benjamin, “That’s why I bought it. That’s my home.”
Adds Washington, “Yeah. This guy’s in a crisis.”
Benjamin routinely has to make fixes to his yard to prevent flooding … A difficult task when the poor drainage results in the erosion of his yard.
“I pay my tax dollars just like everybody else, property taxes every year. I make sure I pay it,” explains Benjamin, “And so they’re using it, so use it right. That’s all I got to say just use it right.”
Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux advised News15 to contact the Mayor-President’s office or Public Works.
At the time of this post, no city official has given any comment on Radcliffe Drive.