River city police are under fire this week as allegations of unrecorded reports of a hole in a fence that
lead to a canal led to the accidental drowning of 2 year old boy Donoven Lopez. Officials say that prior
to the incident there was only one recorded complaint of the whole in the fence from nearly three years
ago. Jeff Hawker, Riverton spokesperson, attests that although several complaints are often received
and written down, there is no real requirement to record every complaint. Neighbors disagree, saying
that they noticed the large hole, and immediately reported it to city officials, yet still had not been
repaired. Park employees claim that the fence had been repaired nearly three weeks prior, however
graffiti and vandals must have re-damaged it. Due to the complaint that actually was documented,
the city spent 16,000 to put a brand new fence in its place. City officials are adamant by saying that
although tragic this was a isolated incident, and normally these matters as it pertains to the fence are
worked on the same day as the complaint. Ultimately city officials have made it a priority to figure out in
the coming months how to make the canal safer.
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