Missouri residents upset with damage from gas line installation

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February 07 2021 05:30 pm
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Homeowners are continuing to complain about damage left behind from the installation of new gas lines in the Oak Park neighborhood.

FOX 4 News first reported on the complaint about Missouri Gas Energy in June of 2014.

In January, FOX 4 News reported on broken water lines near the installation of new natural gas service to Oak Park homes.

Although water line breaks are now being repaired, some people are still complaining to their homes association about how contractors are leaving their property after new gas lines have been installed. They'd like to see new sod put down where grass has been torn up. And some don't like that new sidewalks just installed in 2011 are being broken out.

"These are brand new sidewalks," said Pat Clarke, president of the Oak Park Homes Association. "I don't even understand how this was even planned. You have sidewalks that have been down just recently, and now you are pulling them back up. These are the results of when you don't vote."

A spokesperson for Missouri Gas Energy says all the broken sidewalks will be replaced, and yards that have been dug up are being replanted with grass seed. An MGE supervisor pointed FOX 4 News to an area near 43rd and Prospect, where property restoration has been completed. He says it takes about three weeks from start to finish.

That's not good enough for some folks, who say the work has dragged on too long. And even in completed areas, they claim there's damage that hasn't been repaired.

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