April 21, 2007
ROAD GRADED & GRAVELED BY COUNTY
would the Public Works Depít grade and gravel an abandoned
road when other roads that are used daily are neglected?
At the 4/2/07
Commissioners meeting, Mr. Allen Smith who lives on Felton
McMichael Road asked that question. The neglected road was
Felton McMichael Rd., which hasnít been scraped in over
4 years from one end to the other and has had little other
Smith told the Commissioners that he had tried to go through
the chain of command, but got nowhere!
The County Manager never did get back with him after promises
he would. The Public Works Director told him that he
determined which roads to do and how to do them.
TWG has obtained
the transcript of Mr. Smithís comments to the BOC. When
he finished speaking, the Commissioners told the County
Manager, Greg Williams, to make sure something was done
about Felton McMichael Rd. Two
plus weeks later, NOTHING has been done!
It is time the
BOC started taking some action and replacing some ďsupervisorsĒ
and maybe doing some supervising themselves. They might
be able to find out just what does (or doesn't) go on in
the county and get some things done!
below and see pictures of the road (Hayes Road) with no
houses that was graded and graveled its entire length to
the end where the bridge is out.
from 4/2/07 BOC meeting:
Johnson: Mr. Allen Smith.
Mr. Smith: Thank
you, sir for hearing me. What Iíd like to speak about is
the roads, particularly the road that I live on. I live
on Felton McMichael Road.
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Felton McMichael Rd.
To make it short,
it has not been completely graded from one end to the other
in over four years and I can prove that. But my biggest
complaint, in coming before the board today is youíve
got a road that is condemned, the bridge is outóitís Hays
Road and itís been scraped recently and itís got gravel
from one end of Felton McMichael, all the way down to the
bridge thatís out.
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Now, I simply
canít understand why I can beg to have rock and have our
road graded from end to the other and when I called Mr.
Thurman, I get, ďWe cover the hot spots.Ē I said, ďWell,
who determines the hot spots?Ē He says, ďI do.Ē
Iíve also talked
to Mr. Williams about it. He was going to get
back and let me know an answer as to why Hayes Road gets
rock and gets graded and I havenít heard anything yet.
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houses, but graveled & graded
my question to the board is: how
can you explain a road (Hayes Road) that nobody lives
on, that is condemned, itsí bridge is out, it donít go
from one end to the other end because of the bridge being
out, but, yet, you have a road with families
living on it and you ask for it to be graded, ditches
need to be pulledóthe ditches havení t been pulled down
there is almost 8 years.
have to call and beg to get your right of
way cut back. I talked with Jack (Bernard) once before and
referred me to Greg (Williams). It seems like we just live
in a lost land down there. I mean, the right of waysóI mean,
IĎve made pictures of the road. Iíve made pictures of the
right of way.
asked and Iíve tried to go about it in the right way through
the right chain of command. But every
time that I try to go through the chain of command itís:
ďWe get the hot spots.Ē I called the last time it was graded.
It was graded about three and a half weeks agoóthe hot spots.
I called Mr. Williams about a certain spot that was not
touched. He got in touch with them. The motor grader went
down there. One of the red county trucks comes down there.
I go down the road to see
what theyíre doing. They move because Iím coming down the
road and I watch in the mirror, the motor grader turned
around and never puts the blade down and takes back off.
Now, my other
thing is: Iím not trying to be smart with anybody here,
but you have motor grader operators and you have people
that can run a motor grader. We do not have a motor grader
operator that can operate and grade a road. Iím sorry. You
cannot go up that road with the blade down running wide
open in high gear and expect the washboards to get out of
the road. Itís not going to happen. Thereís just no way
itís going to happen. I used to work putting down paving
myself. So why canít it
be done and done right the first time and avoid people from
having to come up here and go before you over silly things
like this that should be taken care of.
is no supervision out there. They take
them out there and they turn them loose. Youíve got two
motor graders on the road at the same time and itís still
just getting hot spots. When you get right down to it, if
any of yíall will come out there and travel the roadóthe
entire road is a hot spot.
You turn in
off of 83 of onto Felton McMichael, the ditch that the county
came out there almost six or seven years ago and cut and
got with DOT to put in a new pipe to avoid the big water
pool that was there, is slap filled up. Iíve got pictures
of that. Itís slap filled up. Nowhere for the water to go,
but back into the road back out onto 83.
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Rd. at Hwy 83 S
it going to take somebody getting killed? Is
it going to take somebody coming down Felton McMichael Road
running 10 miles an hour, put on your brake, hit the rough
washboards in there, the car spins out, you lose control.
If you donít think you
can do it at 10 miles an hour on a dirt road, try it.
Mr. Bernard: Mr. Chairman, Iíd like to knowóconsistent with
thisóI agree with the gentleman and Iíd like to know why
more hasnít been done to this particular road because I
know Iíve discussed it with folks and the county and Iíd
like to know why more hasnít been done with this road from
the county manager.
Mr. Smith: I would like to know that also but, I
just cannot understand why we can do a road nobody lives
on and itís condemned. I donít understand that.
to the end
Johnson: Yeah, I canít understand that either.
Yarbrough: More than just knowing the reason why we havenít
done it, let Mr. County Manager get down there and Mr. Thurman
go down there and address that road.
Right. I agree with that. I donít care what the answer is.
I just want the road done.
Yarbrough: Sir,(addressing the County Manager) be sure you
get with Larry (Thurman of Public Works) on that road.
Mr. Smith: Thatís
all I ask. I appreciate your time.
Sorry youíve been through all that.
Johnson: Thank you Mr. Smith.
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