The former mayor, Jim Covington and now the new Mayor, Marion Grayson, city manager Sam Listi and council members who have sat on council since 2007 lied to south Belton citizens about sidewalk improvements and removal of public hazards. Since 2007, unsafe south Belton areas identified remain neglected while north Belton areas continue to see vast improvements. In 2016 a 12 year old is hit by a car and killed because there were no sidewalks in South Belton. Humiliated, they finally installed a sidewalk in that area.
Belton Mayor Marion Grayson's representation lopsided and biased
Belton's realtor-mayor, Marion Grayson - proving to be as former realtor-mayor Covington, "Useless!"
From early as 2000, when city manager Sam Listi came to Belton, the mayor and city council have repeatedly ignored citizen’s requests to improve areas in south Belton that are dangerous and have dilapidated infrastructure and poor aesthetics.
Many south Belton citizens rely on good transportation systems (roads and sidewalks) to get to stores, public buildings and restaurants. Currently, due to existing, dangerous conditions of sidewalks, pedestrians are forced to walk in the streets which create more danger to the public. They simply do not care.
Many homeowners are not aware that when they purchased their homes, even though the property they purchased is within their property pins, a dangerous sidewalk that always existed in front of their home, in the city’s right-of-way, is the responsibility of the homeowner to repair. Should a pedestrian trip, fall and become seriously injured, the nightmare becomes that of the homeowner. The homeowner is liable and can be sued.