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Letter: Money toward county road maintenance being wasted




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May 22, 2013 | 1,372 views | 4 comments

Editor:

I live on County Road 105 and watch with amazement the constant waste of taxpayers’ money by the county road department.

I was told in 2012 by our county commissioner that our road was on the list to be paved that summer. When it didn’t come to pass, he told me that there was no money in budget to cover it (I have been told yet again that C.R. 105 is on the list to be paved soon; we’ll see).

If there was less waste by the road maintenance crews, they would be able to pave the roads. The crews run the road grader and cut the dirt level and then come right behind and use the roller on the dry dirt. I used to be a surveyor on a large construction project and I can tell you that without using any water before rolling the road, they have totally wasted their time.

Imagine trying to make biscuits without water. Using the roller on dry flour does no good at all and you’re darned sure not going to make any biscuits. By leaving the dry, loose material behind they have created an even bigger mess. The loose material basically becomes sandpaper and grinds into the solid material below, loosening it up and making the road worse than it was before they graded it in the first place. The waste is as follows: money spent for diesel fuel for two machines, money for maintenance on these two machines, and the wages of the worker whose time was wasted moving the equipment to our road and making a road that will remain smooth for one to two days. This money they are wasting, by the way. is our tax dollars and if you consider the amount of money wasted on this one county road and multiply it by all of the county roads in Wilson County, the amount is huge.

If there is this much money being wasted just on road upkeep, it begs the question, where are the commissioners wasting more money? Think we need an audit?

B.R. WALTON

Floresville
 

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Eric  
Floresville  
May 28, 2013 10:53pm
 
What about the contaminated water commissioner pfeil allows them to pour on the county roads so they don't have to pay to get rid of it, you cannot tell me it's clean enough to water my grass with or let my cows drink. Guess ... More ›

 
Irritated  
Wilson County  
May 28, 2013 3:34pm
 
! Even the have-jacked paved County Roads are in terrible shape!! It's ridiculous. Come on Larry.

 
Eat Local  
TX farm  
May 28, 2013 11:30am
 
Thanks for the honesty you two. As a parent driving a car on a CR w/ 9 frac wells being serviced by it, I don't know much as to how they could do better, but there must be some way. This gives me a little insight. I do know ... More ›

 
Xavier bernal  
San Antonio, Tx  
May 24, 2013 10:28am
 
BR you are absolutely correct. Would love to know where to find records of how much money was collected on taxes dedicated for roads and just how it was spent. I drive a school bus and can tell you all the CR are in horrible ... More ›

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