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Letter: Money toward county road maintenance being wasted
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?
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May 24, 2013 10:28am
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