August 8, 2015
At the 8/3/15 BOC meeting, there was discussion about allowing Public Works to pave McElheney Crossroads. This video includes the motion and the vote. The public works department has tried to pave roads before without the best results.
Comm. Trammell says it will only cost $20,000 for Public Works (PW) to do the paving in-house, on McElheney Crossroads, and then he says, “I believe, no, I don’t believe, I KNOW they can do it.”
Let’s look at a few pictures of the “test road” Jasper County Public Works employees did about a month ago. Mack Tillman Dr. goes from Hwy 212 W down beside the Sheriff’s office and Senior Center, past Animal Control, and in to Public Works. (Click on pictures to enlarge them) Who supervised and allowed this work to be done this way?
Trammell says all the paving equipment is ready to go; obviously, it has all been repaired from where it wasn’t taken care of before. However, both Comm. Henry and Comm. Luke put a little monkey wrench in this plan because they want the County Engineer—Mark Whitley—to be there when the work is done to make sure it is done correctly. No cost was mentioned as to how much that would add to the $20,000 quoted by Comm. Trammell. (Most of these figures are pulled out of the air.) In addition, Comm. Henry said PW had to be staffed properly before they took on additional work.
Comm. Trammell continues to push his agenda, and refused to add the supervision by Whitley to the motion or withdraw his motion (see 3:55 on video). Henry and Luke voted against this motion because they felt the engineer should supervise the work. This seems more than reasonable after seeing how the test road on Mack Tillman Dr. was done, but not to Trammell, Salmon, and Pennamon who push for more and more spending.
If you want to listen to more details of the discussion on PW paving county roads, please watch this video:
On August 17, 2015 at 6:00PM, the BOC has a called meeting to discuss Public Works. If you are concerned about how your road is maintained or not maintained, you should plan to attend this meeting. You will have 3 minutes to speak at the beginning of the meeting and let the BOC know of your concerns.
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