County Commissioner takes DOT district secretary to task

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 06:07 PM.

Peters said the Gainer Road bridge showed evidence of deterioration of wood and an infestation of insects, which contributed to the bridge’s score of 63.

“So wait a minute,” Bush said. “You mean to tell me that because Barfield couldn’t explain to Mr. Brock why local engineers couldn’t bid on a project, he pulled the bridge from bidding? Talk about bullying tactics. That’s just dirty pool.”

Peters said Barfield pulled the project because he wanted to make sure the bridge was something the county officials actually wanted replaced.

“I just want them to be fair,” Brock said. “We’ve got a good engineer, well qualified, and I think we could do that project and save the government money.”

“I have to say, I am embarrassed that this project is being held up because a commissioner asked questions,” Abbott said.

“Now hold on, Mr. Brock has every right to ask questions, both as a commissioner and as a citizen,” Bush said. “But what the secretary did was just irresponsible. He pulled the bridge from the county for no reason. He delayed a project because someone questioned him?”

Peters asked the commissioners to write a letter to the DOT stating that they did, indeed, want to pursue the Gainer Road bridge replacement to get the project back on track.

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