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Concerned citizens return to address commission again

WEDOWEE – At last Thursday’s Randolph County Commission workshop meeting, it was the same song just a different verse as residents from County Roads 237 and 240 came to talk to commissioners about the condition of their roads.

The spokesman for the group was once again Charles Smith. “We want to thank you for the work you have done since we were here last, but it just isn’t enough. We want to know when the road will be resurfaced.”

Engineer Burrell Jones said he knows the road needs more work, but there are no plans to resurface the road.

“I have ridden the roads that will be redone this year, and all of them are in better shape than ours,” Smith replied.

Commissioner Larry Roberts said the commission is trying to save some of the roads that are in the worst shape. He said, “I’ve got some roads in my district that are a lot worse than yours.”

Smith then asked when more repairs would be made. “I’m not sure, but we will be back on your roads,” Jones said.

Smith then replied, “Well, we will be back again and again until some more improvements are made. And another thing, why is County Road 43 being resurfaced? It doesn’t even need it.” Smith went on to say there are some drainage problems, trees on the right of way at the Highway 48 intersection and in general a dangerous intersection at Highway 48. “One last question for you, are you going to propose a one-cent sales tax for road repairs?”

To that all commissioners answered no. Smith closed by telling commissioners he would be back.

Other business

  • Approved the purchase of a Roscoe pothole patcher at a price of $269,700.
  • Approved for Randolph County Rescue Squad to build a portion of their new building on adjoining county property and to allow the squad to hire an outside contractor if the county could not do the preparation work.
  • Tabled a decision on choosing a realtor to handle the sale of property at 2759 Hwy. 431 in Roanoke.
  • Tabled awarding the bid for the Rebuild Alabama projects.
  • Approved for the May 19 workshop meeting to be held in the small courtroom of the main courthouse building due to election supplies being stored in the commission meeting room.
  • Approved for the engineer to begin proceedings on closing a portion of County Road 446 in District 3.
  • Approved converting the federal aid balance to Rebuild Alabama funds.
  • Approved Saturday, May 7, as free day at the landfill.

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