Cherokee Drive residents seek county help to fix road

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Some homeowners on Cherokee Drive in the Best Western Estates subdivision sought the help of the Quay County Commission on Monday to have their road turned over to the county.

Residents said they could not get the road fixed and were seeking the help of the county to get it fixed and to have it designated a county road.

To have the road come under the county’s jurisdiction, it will have to meet county specifications and standards, the commissioners said.

Several homeowners said it was the responsibility of the developer, Albert Pacheco, from whom they purchased their property, to bring the road up to par.
Benjie Torres, a Cherokee Drive resident, said the road is in need of repair and that they had sought Pacheco’s help to no avail.

“The road has ruts in it six to 12 inches deep,” Torres said.

Henry Pacheco, who is also a resident of Cherokee, said, “It’s pretty bad, It’s like a washboard road.

Because the road is also a bus route, Torres said he discussed the problem with Tucumcari Public Schools administrators.

Commissioner Robert Lopez suggested that Cherokee residents form a cooperative to fix and maintain the road.“If you are not able to force the contractor, it’s your responsibility. I don’t see anything else you can do.”

County plat records establishing the subdivision in 1981, signed by original developers Charles Best, Jr., and Louise R. Best, state: “The undersigned subdivider will construct the interior streets within this subdivision and the lot purchasers will maintain the said interior streets.”

Lopez also recommeded that Cherokee Drive property owners consult with Assistant District Attorney Don Schutte to learn if there were any other options.

Regarding other residential property matters, the commission also heard from property owner Dave Kern, who is seeking to close up Quay Road 57. Kern is going through the steps of having the road closed, The commissioners, if there are no objections, are expected in the near future to pass a resolution to close the road.
Another property owner Jerry Bradley asked the commission about a request from a real estate agent and the District Attorney’s office to remove a lock on a gate at his property.

Bradley said that he thought his road was legally closed, when he and other neighbors signed a petition in 1973 to have a lock put on County Road #242. Neighbors requested the road closed in the 1970s to keep away trespassers, burglars and cow thieves, Bradley said.

Bradley produced the minutes of the Monday, Oct. 1, 1973 meeting of the County Commission in which Bradley was granted permission “for (a) closed road with a locked gate.”

Franklin McCasland, chair of the commission, recommended that Bradley, County manger Richard Primrose and Assistant District Attorney Don Schutte meet to discuss the issue.