September 19, 2006
PRESENT “WORST ROADS IN THE COUNTY” LIST
Commissioner Bernard lives on Chick-a-Dee Ct. “The worst
asphalt road in the county” according to the work done by
the County Manager at the direction of our Commissioners.
This is where Comm. Bernard lives on Chick-a-Dee Ct.
the statistics prepared by the County Manager, Chick-a-Dee
Ct. is .55 miles long, has 38 houses, and is in “Fair” condition.
The condition is determined by the person that looked at
the road—NO set guidelines or written standards were used.
According to TWG sources, the County Manager and the Public
Works director looked at different roads and it was their
“opinion” as to what the rating was. This gives a very,
very subjective (and politicized) view of how bad the road
really is. Another interesting fact is that 5 of the 9 Turtle
Cove Board members also live on Chick-a-Dee Ct.
the “rating” of a road, a formula is used. How many businesses,
houses, and/or churches are on a road, the length of the
road, and the condition of the road all determine the score
or rating of the road. Comm.
Bernard, Comm. Johnson, and Comm. Yarbrough all said at
the BOC meeting 9/11/06 that they wanted to “take the politics
out of road paving and make it fair to everyone in the county.”
Below is another
view of Chick-a-Dee Ct.
roads that will be submitted to DOT for LARP (Local Assistance
Road Plan) must already be paved (no dirt roads are accepted
in LARP). There are 26 roads on the list; 15 of these roads
are in Turtle Cove (58% of the “worst roads in the county”).
It appears that
not all roads in the County have been looked at and the
condition of the road determined. There are approximately
399 county roads based on information provided to the TWG
by the Public Works department through open records requests.
Approximately 104 of these roads have been given a subjective
“road condition” rating.
It appears that every road in Turtle Cove has been reviewed
and given a rating. The rest of the County roads do not
have the priority of the Turtle Cove roads.
Below is a picture
of Jasper St. in the Alcovy Shores neighborhood. This road
is not on the list to be resurfaced because it hasn’t been
“rated” yet. The resident (taxpayer) that lives in the house
where the sand has been spread has a hospice patient. This
resident called for over a week to have the road fixed so
the home health personnel could get in and out of the driveway.
The PWD came and put down sand.
This is a picture
of part of Jasper St.
shows where Lane St. and Covington St. intersects. The School
buses, garbage trucks, and residents travel these roads
LARP is wonderful
thing for our county. It helps us to have 10 roads or 10
miles of roads paved each year with State money. It is our
understanding that the county has to patch and repair first,
then the State will do the paving.
several roads were paved, including Runner Rd., which branches
off of Chick-a-Dee Ct. This is the road where our current
County Manager lives.
of Runner Rd and Chick-a-Dee Ct.
will be used to have several roads paved, including Parrot
(where Comm. Bernard’s campaign manager lives) and Mourning
Dove Ct., which has already been paved. Based on the recommended
LARP list submitted to the BOC at their meeting, we also
suspect that Comm. Johnson’s road will be paved before the
end of 2009.
TWG will have
the “LARP Recommended List” on its website at www.taxdogs.com/larp091106.htm.
Let us know your opinion of the roads submitted, and send
us pictures of your road if you think it is worse than the
ones to be submitted.
TWG also wants
to take the “politics” out of road paving. There are many
other roads in the county worth consideration.
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