IS PUBLIC WORKS INCOMPETENT, LAZY, OR BOTH?
September 14, 2016
When Public Works comes out to work on a road, wouldn’t you think they would do everything at one time and get that road done correctly? That does not seem to be the case in Jasper County.
When cutting along the sides of the road with a mower or a side-cutter, there is always a truck that follows behind. You would think the person(s) in the truck could get out and weed eat around a sign or cut back a limb. If you think this is what they do, you need to think again.
Here is a picture of a stop sign covered with tree limbs that has been this way for months. Public Works was out working on this road, and somehow just missed this problem as well as half the grass they were supposed to cut.
Can you believe that as of last Friday, NO ONE has been fired, suspended, or even reprimanded over the disaster on Pitts Chapel Road? It is very fortunate the citizen hurt, because of Public Works’ negligence, was not hurt much worse. (See details) However, no consequences, means more sloppy work.
Monday night at the BOC meeting, Comm. Pennamon had a few questions and some things to say about Public Works as well. Public Works is spending $400,000 to $500,000 a year on gravel. Can you see where it is helping?
Comm. Pennamon questioned the time, effort, and money being put into gravel on roads with no houses and/or graveling roads from end to end when there might be only one or two houses at one end of the road.
Watch his comments on this video.
Comm. Pennamon implied that most people would know that putting loose gravel on a hard dusty road in the summer will beat off and go into the ditch as vehicles drive on it. It seems our Public Works director must not know this, even though he had been a motor grader operator for many years before becoming Public Works director.
There has been and continues to be a severe lack of supervision and accountability at Public Works and over Public Works. Money for gravel is not the only money being wasted by Public Works. Paying people to do a sloppy or incomplete job is a huge waste of money. No wonder there are daily complaints about the roads in Jasper County.
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