HAS WILDOMAR BITTEN OFF MORE THAN IT CAN CHEW

Work has been completed on the crack sealing portion of a recent project to further the life of Wildomar streets. Instead of concentrating these efforts to a smaller portion of town and doing a quality job the city has chosen to spread the effort beyond its ability to watch over it.
Photographic evident shows numerous areas which call into question the preparation of cracks requiring sealing and the proper application of such materials.

For reference the blue tape is 60 inches long or 5 feet

For reference the blue tape is 60 inches long or 5 feet


That is a penny hiding after I cleaned out the dirt.

That is a penny hiding after I cleaned out the dirt.


Per the contract this crack should have been routed.

Per the contract this crack should have been routed.


Per the contract sealer is to be applied to a cleaned road for adhesion purposes.

Per the contract sealer is to be applied to a cleaned road for adhesion purposes.


Some cracks are more important than others.

Some cracks are more important than others.


At least the grass is dead.  No herbicide treatment was called for in contract.

At least the grass is dead. No herbicide treatment was called for in contract.

Also questionable is the decision to apply crack sealer only in an area of town that clearly needs a more extensive repair job, such as grinding and application of a leveling course after base repair.

This is in an area where crack sealing only is to be done.

This is in an area where crack sealing only is to be done.


Again some cracks are more important

Again some cracks are more important


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Instructions to contractors during bidding process.

Instructions to contractors during bidding process.


Its apparent that quality is not job one. This whole process is nothing more than dressing up a city in the emperor’s new clothes.

For those that have doubts about what the contract states, it (the contract) can be found in the City Council Agenda Packet for September 10, 2014 Agenda Item 3.3 starting on page 810 of 980.

3 thoughts on “HAS WILDOMAR BITTEN OFF MORE THAN IT CAN CHEW

  1. Martha L. Bridges

    The last time we had a poor neighborhood road resurfacing job, which was many many years ago in the Windsong Valley area, it was done under the County’s supervision with an out-of-state contractor who went bell up. Nothing was ever done to correct the poor quality of the work.

    You would think that the city staff and council members would be alert to the need for close supervision and inspection of the work under the current contract. However, it appears that the city staff and council learned nothing about the need for careful oversight of this kind of contracted work.

    Least anyone think the photos presented here by Mr. Mayes are not actually representative of the job currently being done, just take a look at the streets for yourselves.

    Perhaps the council has been preoccupied with getting re-elected, or attending “feel good” events at the parks, but now they have secured their positions for another four years, they need to turn their focus to true oversight. If they don’t act to correct this unacceptable quality of work right now, we will have major problems with these roads in the future which the taxpayers will have to pay for repairing.

    Which of the Wildomar city officials will put aside their interests in pushing through the approval of poorly planned development project long enough to step forward and insist that this road work be done properly? It will be very interesting to see who does or does not step forward to ensure the taxpayers get a good job for all the money being spent.

    It will also be very interesting to see who in the community is willing to speak up for better oversight and the enforcement of the contractual obligations for this road work! All you avid city-hood supporters should welcome the opportunity to ensure this work be done correctly.

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    1. Kenny Post author

      Good Morning Martha
      Unfortunately no amount of maintenance will help the roads in Wildomar. Looking at bore results from a different project one finds the base under our roads to be 1/3 what is required for a stable roadbed. Many of these roads were built under control of the County of Riverside (who also wished to build out the area without proper study), but in their haste to become a city many of the little details were glossed over and now the rest of us have to live with it, there is no going back. Care must be taken to spend what little money this city has to correct the deficiencies they accepted from the county, but so far the people in charge don’t seem to really get it.

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      1. Martha L. Bridges

        While your information about the inadequate depth of the original road bed is unwelcomed news, city officials need to be aware of any such deficiencies and acknowledge them in their planning efforts. It is important for Wildomar to deal with existing problems rather than sweeping them under the proverbial carpet, which seems to be their standard operating procedure.

        City officials need to focus on taking care of what we already have in the line of infrastructure – insufficient as it may be – rather than spending all their efforts chasing after new development projects, which by the way are probably not getting adequate oversight and inspections.

        Knowing about the road bed problem makes it all the more important that the current contracted road work be supervised carefully to ensure we get the best possible job. It is obvious from seeing your photos that the city needs to provide far better oversight for this project. The list of less-than-adequate work seems to be getting longer rather than shorter.

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