June 14, 2017 Edition

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Road work discussed
at county meeting

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

Residents living on Lawrence Road 210 spoke out about an unsatisfactory job a county grader did on the road recently at Monday night's quorum court meeting.

County Judge John Thomison said that attempting to recover from recent storm damages has put on hold a much-needed training workshop for some of his drivers, but a workshop is being scheduled.

The road in question has to be graded regularly due to increased truck traffic from American Silica. Thomison said Silica has been aware of the issues on the road, which includes a significant amount of dust being stirred up in the air. The plant has ordered a palette of a dust retardant that will harden the road and keep dust down.

Justice Alex Latham said while the retardant does a good job, trucks will eventually break down the road requiring it to be graded, which will negate the retardant's effects. The road will hold up for a while without grading though.

Residents at the meeting also commented that the employees they spoke with about the work were rude in their conversations.

Thomison apologized and said the issues brought up were departmental and he would address them.

Also at the meeting:

Thomison presented a plaque to Jane Jarboe to honor her late husband, Dick Jarboe, who served as county attorney for 24 years.

heard from Thomison on the purchase of two 14-gauge pipe arches to be used to replace a collapsed box culvert on Lawrence Road 269. A tank car was originally planned for drainage, but wouldn't fit. Thomison said to expect the road to be closed for a day sometime in the next week as repairs are made.

accepted a bid from Paragould Communications for a full replacement of guide wires and associated safety measures on the radio tower at the courthouse. The $5,341 job is expected to be complete by mid July.

appropriated $8,000 to the Lawrence County Fair Fund. The money is from a grant to make repairs on the rodeo arena.

approved two hospital board appointments. Bill Wilcoxson, who is being reappointed as his term is expiring. Wilma Jones was appointed to finish Tommy Holland's term, who requested to resign due to health concerns.

approved the temporary part-time hiring of Kim Morris for courthouse maintenance. The hire was necessary in May due to a health emergency with the full-time maintenance worker.

passed a resolution of support for President Donald Trump's efforts to amend a ruling made in 2015 and redefine "navigable waters" to allow more state and personal control over waterways.

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