He’s a good old boy like the rest of us,”‘ Witham claimed.
“I’ve done what I’ve had to to get my point across.” During a 1986 session of Commissioners Court, Witham plopped a jar of water in front of commissioners, challenging them to a “not so refreshing drink fresh from a Pinewood Village tap.” He exhibits pictures of potholes in Pinewood Village, their widths and lengths duly noted. He keeps it going day and night,” said the subdivision’s developer Donald Clesson.
Some developers, however, say the county is to blame for encouraging development without spelling out or enforcing any restrictions.
I don’t think it’s right for anyone to be defrauded, especially in the purchase of a family home. It’s like people stealing candy from babies.” Polish immigrant Steve Szladewski’s ruddy complexion grows redder as he rattles off the sales pitch that led him to buy property in the Shepard’s Landing subdivision in Montgomery County.
Former astronaut Alan Shepard, the subdivision’s developer with former Houston Mayor Louie Welch, was to be his next-door neighbor, a salesman bragged.
But in America, I learn sometimes they say things so you buy.” Szladewski is not alone.
Shepard’s Landing, developed in Montgomery County’s real estate boom of the late 1960s through early 1980s, is one of hundreds of problem-plagued subdivisions that have come back to haunt the county and its residents during the bust.
Others – about 600 – are unrecorded or “red flag” subdivisions that do not meet county road and drainage standards and have no plats, or plans, filed.