November 15, 2018
Logging in the rain has been a problem in Jasper County for a long time. In 2009 an updated and revised logging ordinance was passed, which included a ban on logging when it was raining or when there was other bad weather. The ordinance was passed to protect the county roads.
Log trucks, especially loaded log trucks, spread mud on the paved roads, and completely ruin the county dirt roads when they log during the rain.
For the past couple of weeks we have had a lot of rain, but code enforcement has failed to stop the log trucks or make them clean up/fix the roads. Our paved roads are full of mud and the roadsides, where the trucks pull in and out and make turns, have deep ruts.
The morning of 11/2/18, this picture was taken on Calvin Rd. where it dead ends into Post Road:
As of yesterday, 11/14/18, Calvin Road still had mud all over it, despite assurances from Shane Sealy (Code Enforcement Director) stating in an email that he was “going to get this taken care of.” Obviously, he never followed through.
From: Shane Sealy [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, November 02, 2018 8:54 AM
Subject: RE: Calvin Road at Post Rd–We need Code Enforcement for enforcement
I have spoken to the project manager with the logging company and he is going to get this taken care of. I am going out there now.
Just this week, logging was being done in the rain elsewhere in the county. Despite Commissioner Salmon and Sealy both knowing about it, it took several complaints before anything was grudgingly done.
It seems that Sealy refuses to issue fines or stop orders while the roads are being torn up and public works, not the logging company, ends up fixing them and taxpayers pay for it.
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