Interim county engineer gives passing marks to secondary roads
By STEPH TAHTINEN
Mt. Pleasant News
Despite the recent rain and flooding Interim County Engineer Clarence Perry says that Henry County’s roads are in above average condition for the season.
Perry told the board of supervisors during his weekly update on Thursday morning that the roads seem to have adequate surfacing. However, there are a few potholes — some in areas where dust control has been applied — and there is some cold patching to be done.
He also noted that there are several cross-road culverts that are rusted out.
“Sooner or later that causes a problem,” said Perry.
Three of these culverts are under pavement, and Perry is currently gathering quotes from companies to see how much it would cost to drive liners into the rusted-out culverts rather than having to tear up the road and then patch it.
Road crews will also have to relay some culverts due to flood damage. They have already been busy restoring surfacing materials and salvaging surfacing rock from the county’s ditches.
Crews had to completely resurface 253rd and 265th streets at Oakland Mills, and Perry was impressed with the results.
“I was real pleased with that,” said Perry, complimenting the crews that worked on the road. “It would be worth your while just to drive over it.”
The county has been keeping track of the how much resurfacing rock has been used as the county will receive money from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to go towards some of the flood repairs.
Perry said that Batey Limited hopes to start working to clear the log jam beginning next week.
In other business, the supervisor held a public hearing and approved a first reading of a request by Jerry Dupree to rezone all of parcel of land at the southeast corner of Highway 34 and 260th street by New London from A-1 to C-1.
The supervisors have asked the county engineer to look into safety concerns regarding an entrance to the property, as the parcel is on a sharp corner and it is steep.
“I have an issue with the entrance that’s existing,” commented Supervisor Vice Chairman Marc Lindeen.
The supervisors had visited the site earlier Thursday morning, and Lindeen said turning into the existing entrance was like making a big U-turn while going up a steep hill. He said he would prefer that the entrance come off of 260th Street.
“For the safety of the business itself, I think it’s a needed thing,” said Lindeen.
Plans are to hold second and third readings next Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m., but the readings may be tabled while waiting for information from Perry.
The supervisors also:
• Approved a fireworks permit for Sunshiners 4-H Club.
• Heard from Dr. Bill Porter, clinical psychologist, who wondered if there were any ways to provide services and be eligible for grant money. He noted that there may be funding available in the areas of autism and Facebook Bullying. While the county does not fund services for juveniles, Lindeen said he would bring the information to the next regionalization meeting.