Commissioners hold special session to aid flood impacted roads

Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 11:56 AM.

BONIFAY — The Holmes County Board of County Commissioners gathered together for a special session on March 20 to discuss action for roads impacted during the recent flooding — specifically, District 3’s roads.

“I’ve had several calls about roads that weren’t up to standards even before the flooding,” said Commissioner David Whitaker. “Now we’ve got clay dumped out on roads and residents with vehicles stuck in mud up to their doors. I’ve seen the photos and I think it’s a leadership issue.”

Whitaker explained that both his foreman and grader operator were well educated and certified for their positions but both lack experience and requested assistance from his fellow districts until both could receive further training from well-experienced employees in their field.

“My grader operator is willing to get any additional training needed to do his job to the best of his abilities and that’s the kind of man I want to invest in,” said Whitaker. “It’s a lot easier to maintain a properly fixed road. The people can’t wait for years for these guys to get the experience they need before they can get their roads taken care of.”

Based on further discussion between Board members, County Attorney Jeff Goodman suggested eight to 12 weeks with Commissioner Bill Parish’s foreman overseeing what’s required to bring District 3’s roads back to standards with additional assistance from other districts when available.

“When there is a problem anywhere in this county it is not just a problem for that district it is a problem for the county,” said Parish. “I don’t mind stepping in and seeing about what’s needed to be done.”

Commissioner Kenneth Williams also volunteered to help when he was able.

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