Local man discusses county roads with Commissioners

Monday, March 5, 2012

Rural Linton resident Larry Conklin doesn't like the mud/rock roads near his home and wants them fixed up into a more drivable condition.

Conklin voiced his complaints about the upkeep of county roads in the Beehunter Marsh area of Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area -- including 1050 W. south of Baseline, 100 S. between 1050 W. and 1000 W., and 90 S. between 1050 W. and 1100 W.

Conklin told the county commissioners Monday morning that about seven years ago these roads were upgraded to chip-and-seal roads.

Now it's a muddy mess most of the time.

In late February, the Greene County Highway Department graded the sides of 1050 W. south of Baseline to 100 S. and dumped large crushed stone on the chip-and-seal surface.

"This basically makes this road a rock/mud road and a blatant waste of taxpayer's money. I don't appreciate this and I assume that my neighbors share my feelings," he said in pointing out there are about 25 homes along these roads."

He asked the commissioners what they planned to do about the situation and said, "I don't want to live with a mud/rock road anymore."

Commissioner Rick Graves was quick to respond by saying, "It all comes down to money."

To that Conklin replied, "I understand the money. Money goes were the controlling people think it's needed."

Graves said before the road can be upgraded ditch work needs to be done.

Commissioners' President Steve Lindsey said roads like these are a problem.

"Unfortunately, we've got a lot of roads in the same condition," he stated.

Conklin said he believes there should be no rock roads in the county and said he would be back to remind commissioners about the road's condition, if it is not fixed.

Commissioner Kermit Holtsclaw said in his District 1 area there are about 40 miles of rock road.

"Our roads are a disgrace to the county," Holtsclaw added.

Rural Lyons resident Dale Jessup also lobbied to have a dangerous 84 feet long steel bridge on County Road 600W replaced to make it accessible to farm equipment, as well as more convenient and less dangerous for farmers moving machinery to and from fields.

Jessup pointed out that he has dug ditches on the road and spread plenty of gravel over the years to keep the road in reasonable good shape, but he added, "I can't do that bridge."

"It's dangerous for us (farmers) to have to go and run on the highway. We all remember what happened to Charlie Holtsclaw."

The 64-year-old Holtsclaw died tragically in a tractor-semi truck accident Oct. 30, 2007 that happened a few hundred yards from his Fairplay Township home along State Road 57.

Lindsey acknowledged that there has been much discussion and concern among the commissioners about this particular bridge and there has been talk of replacing it, but he added, "I can tell you, it's not going to happen this year."

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  • Well cfalls2012, there are a lot of roads along with bridges in trouble that have no houses close to them. So does that justify not spending the repair money? I do not know the bridge location being discussed, if it is a County road and has traffic it needs fixed. Many farmers "donate" gravel, rip rap, ditch cleaning, snow plowing on County roads trying to help. So if he builds it can he collect a toll for the public to cross? Heck yes he can.

    The roads are a problem, I have a saying nothing wrong that money cannot fix. Well Greene County needs an infusion of money. I have saw first hand the penny pinching done by the Highway Dept just to keep what they have.

    Teamwork helps.

    -- Posted by gary g on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 8:27 AM
  • All I know is that if you live on the West side of the river, there is absolutely no problem finding a rock/mud/gravel road in poor condition. I also know that on the Eastern side of the county, it is much more difficult to find anywhere near the amount of bad county roads.

    -- Posted by airmedic39 on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 8:48 AM
  • FYI--that was sarcasm at is finest. LOL

    -- Posted by cfalls2012 on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 8:59 AM
  • Ooppps cfalls, what happen?

    -- Posted by gary g on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 9:05 PM
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