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Buggin' - Sidewalk problems

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A Carrolton man says he's been waiting a long time for the city to fix his sidewalk, and that at this rate, it will be almost two decades.

He's bugged, and contacted FOX 4's Saul Garza for help.

Ronald Dunn of Carrollton says he's been a patient man, but his patience is wearing thin these days.

Not only does he have a flaking sidewalk; it has sunken several inches. When it rains, the sidewalk floods. 

Dunn has lived in Carrollton for almost 40 years, and says he's been trying to get his sidewalk repaired since 1998, when he first submitted a request.

"They said they could not at that time, but would be back in two years to do it," said Dunn.

He says he called back two years later, and the city laid asphalt down instead as a temporary solution.

"At that time, they said we would be back in two years and will perform a permanent fix, meaning they would replace my sidewalk," said Dunn.

Dunn says he patiently waited and gave them longer than two years before calling back,

"In 2006, I called them, and they said, "I'm sorry, we can't do anything for you unless you're willing to pay 50 percent.'"

That meant $500, and Dunn said no, thanks.

Then, in 2009, city crews had to do what's called pressure grouting: they raised the street in front of his house because of flooding issues.

Dunn claims that made things worse. 

"When they raised the street, the curb came up and sidewalk conversely went down," said Dunn.

But the city says after the project was completed, it never received any complaints from Dunn or other residents. 

A spokeswoman also said that there is no record of Dunn's 1998 repair request.

Carrollton reportedly has about 575 miles of sidewalks, and about 118 miles need to be repaired or replaced at a cost of $12.5 million.

Dunn's neighborhood is one of 10 included in a restoration plan set to begin in 2016.

"That would be 18 years since I initially contacted them," said Dunn.

The city says it has also given Dunn the option of laying more asphalt down as another temporary fix at no cost to him -- an option they say is available to all homeowners.

Dunn says no, thanks.

"It's a matter of principle anymore," said Dunn. "They're not doing what they said they would do, and I want them to do it."

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