Council Unanimously Approves Holland Road Paving Project

If all goes well, a dirt portion of Holland Road west of Murrieta Road will be paved in time for th...

If all goes well, a dirt portion of Holland Road west of Murrieta Road will be paved in time for the re-opening of Menifee schools on Jan. 14.

The Menifee City Council Wednesday night unanimously approved an agreement with the city of Lake Elsinore to split evenly the $89,622 cost of paving the road. The narrow, hilly road, once a tractor path, is now one of the main routes parents take to drive their children to the new Herk Bouris Elementary School in Lake Elsinore.

Council member Tom Fuhrman recused himself from the discussion and voting. Furhman is one of four residents in that area who own the land over which the road travels. After a complicated process, Menifee secured the right to pave the road, citing a legal standard regarding prior public use of private property.

"This is an interim solution," said acting city manager Rob Johnson. "There will be no curb and gutter or sidewalks.

"This has been a very difficult issue to deal with and we had to come up with a compromise solution. This has been a thorn in the side of travelers getting their kids to school."

There have been many complaints about the condition of the road since the opening of Herk Bouris Elementary. The situation escalated a couple weeks ago during a rainstorm, when area resident John F. Smith voiced complaints on behalf of a group he formed called Citizens for Honest Government.

Johnson said the paving would begin next week and would be completed prior to Jan. 14.


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  1. I would like to suggest to the legal team at the City of Menifee to put in place something in writing, in regards to 'no curb or sidewalks' on this Holland stretch of road, or the City 'will' get sued if a student walks on this road and gets hit. You just know Mr. Smith is NOT going to let this rest.

    1. There is no corbs or gutters on the paved portion of the street now or the two major roads it is connecting. Why can't people just be happy with the fact that this street will actually be drivable after a rain and we wont have to worry about getting lost in a pot hole! I think A light where it connects to Murrietta rd, is more important than curbs, gutters and sidewalks. It can take a very long time and is very dangerous to make a left there.

  2. Do it right. Put in the curbs and sidewalks while the gettin is good! We don't need to revisit this again!

  3. So how much did the developers pay the council to get this permitted? Oh wait they don't accept money do they, so who has a new car this week? As for the curbs and gutters, if you want the 'city' streets GO BACK to the city you came from and leave this rural area alone. Most of you 'liked' the prices here and some actually liked the way it was so that was the reason to move here and leave the city behind so leave it behind then and quit trying to make our area look like Los Angeles/San Diego, etc...
    I know of one family that moved here to get their kids out of the gang atmosphere, well guess what he is the gang atmosphere and they brought him with them so they are not away from the problem, they just brought the problem to our rural area.

  4. All the traffic from that one road has been an incredible inconvenience to the citizens that have lived in that area for a very long time. Has anyone stopped to think of that? That road has been there for several years, and no one cared for it until a school came. Get over it babies! So what if your car hits some bumps and gets dirty, that's life! If you don't like it, don't use it!

  5. Really JD? This was coming the second Canyon Hills began being developed. It's what? 1000' of pavement? No curbs and gutters? That's a mean city street right out of East LA. Now that it's getting paved that means the gangs will take over. Who cares who got paid what. Quit your crying and enjoy the new road.

  6. it's only a temporary fix if you were at the city council meeting

    1. Temporary = permanent!
      Likened to temporary tax increases. Once they get their hand in your pocket, they "forget" to take it out.



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