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Atoka residents have issues with ‘bubbles’ in roads

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Tom Palmer and his neighbors have a problem. 

"It's literally an asphalt bubble," he said during a meeting of Atoka's Board of Mayor and Alderman Tuesday. "It's comical to see it." 

Addressing the board, Palmer discussed the longtime problems he's had with the road leading to his Newman Way home. 

There is currently a large mound of asphalt at the end of his driveway. He tries to address it jokingly, he said, but it's a real concern for him. 

"I'm concerned about the issues with emergency vehicles, the delivery of mail, UPS, FedEx … my wife taking our children to school …" 

The Town of Atoka would be happy to fix the issue if they could, but they can't. 

The problem is not necessarily in the road's condition, but that the developer is responsible for the roads until they are turned over to the Town of Atoka. 

It is illegal for a municipality to make repairs to roads owned by private parties. 

Mayor Darryl Walker was to meet with developer Walker Bouler Wednesday to discuss the matter, but Palmer just wants it repaired.

"We don't care what placard is on the truck that fixes the problem, we just want it fixed." 



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