Liberty Drive - County road acceptance
Liberty Drive is a
new road off Liberty Church Road that serves a new development.
Both John Bruno (the developer) and Russell Bennett (the contractor
who got the “road job”) have attended the last couple of BOC
meetings. Sources tell us that Mr. Bruno wants the County to accept
Liberty Drive and take it over as a county road. Upon doing that,
the County (taxpayers) will become responsible for the maintenance
and repairs of the road from that day forward.
Please see TWG
website for earlier pictures and commentary on Liberty Dr.
The pictures will show you the condition of the Liberty Drive on
4/23/05. Click the link below:
http://www.taxdogs.com/roadstandards.htm or go to
www.taxdogs.com and click on:
Jasper County Needs Better Road Standards
Recently, the road
has been patched in several places and the sides of the road have
been “grassed” to prevent further erosion. (We will put up new
pictures on the website taken 12/9/05.) Before the County
accepts this road, each Commissioner should personally drive out and
look at it. If this road has had to be patched already, how
long will it be before the County has to work on it? One area
of the road has been patched at least two times and possibly three.
There are also large cracks all over the cul-de-sac and in the
road. Since the road contractor was a County Commissioner when he
contracted to do the road, were all the rules really followed? How
can the Public Works director be allowed to determine if a road is
acceptable or not? What qualifications does he have to make that
determination? The Planning & Zoning director has said he thinks
the County should accept the road. Does he know all the facts
surrounding the road? What is his expertise in road building or
maintenance? Isn’t their a requirement that an engineer would
test any new road and certify that it met acceptable standards
before the County took possession of it?
What kind of
oversight was done on this road while it was being constructed?
The BOC needs to do as much research on the road standards
requirements as possible as well as a personal inspection of the
road before considering acceptance of a road the taxpayers will
maintain for a lifetime.