There is a Taking Back Our Neighborhoods success story to report...well, sort of. Do you remember the water leak behind Maywood Mart I told you about last month? It had been troubling a shop owner there for nearly two decades. I went back to see if anything had been done about it and here's what I found.
Nancy King said water had been leaking from this meter behind her business since she moved here 15 years ago. She said repeated calls to city officials didn't help, so she called 3 On Your Side and in February we aired a story on the problem.
Asked what happened after WLBT's story aired, King said, "Well, we don't know whether they came out during the middle of the night or early, early the next morning, but they cut the water off and there was no leak for about 3 or 4 days or even longer than that. It dried up."
King was excited. City workers put up a barricade and left a broken shovel sticking out of the meter. But wait...water was still flowing.
King said, "Well, then we found out Mack Ewing, our next door neighbor that owns the photography shop had no water."
That's because the leaky meter in question, much to his surprise, belonged to Ewing, so we paid him a visit.
He said he was kind of surprised when city workers turned off his water
Ewing said, "Yeah, turned out it was coming out of our meter and the city came out; found it."
The good news for Ewing, King and the city is that owners of Maywood Mart Shopping Center will pick up the tab for finally repairing the 20-year-old leak, much to the delight of business owner, Nancy King.
King said, "I think 3 On Your Side's great, because I think people listen to it. People see it and it gets the city moving and that's what needs to happen."
I will let you know when the water leak is finally fixed.
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