Bad roads

WEDOWEE - At last Thursday's combined workshop/regular meeting, Randolph County Commission once again heard from a disgruntled resident concerning maintenance of roads.

Kay Reaves addressed the commission concerning the road conditions in Pineywoods Subdivision on the lake north of Wedowee and a county road in the Pine Hill area. Mrs. Reaves stated her father developed Pineywoods Subdivision in the late 1970s and early '80s. "This was always his pride and joy, and I want to make sure it stays the way it should in his memory." She went on to say at present there are 70 or more homes in the subdivision and a mobile home park at the entrance of the subdivision.

"I have not seen any road work at all on the roads, maybe a little patching, but some spots are going back to dirt. There are potholes that have never been filled up." She went on to say she had talked to county engineer Burrel Jones and Commissioner Larry Roberts but nothing has been done. "I think the morale of the community is down due to road conditions, not only in Pineywoods but all over the county. I have a list of names that would love to see some work done, but I haven't seen anything in the past. I just want to keep my father's memory and his dream alive."

Reaves said she recently traveled County Road 37 from near Pine Hill to the Cleburne County line at Gold Ridge Baptist Church. "The road looks good since it has been redone, but you didn't even patch the potholes before putting down the tar and gravel. It's just not a good job."

Commissioner Roberts said he would talk to the engineer and try to get some work done in Pineywoods before winter.

In other business, the commission:

  • Delayed an appointment to Randolph County Healthcare Authority for District 1 by Commission Chairman Terry Lovvorn.
  • Tabled approval of insolvents, errors and taxes in litigation for 2019 and uncollected insolvents and taxes in litigation for the previous years as requested by the Revenue Commissioner's Office. Commissioner Roberts asked to table the approval because the paperwork "didn't look complete."
  • Approved a change order request from Bailey-Harris Construction to add IP cameras in the kitchen, employee exterior entrance and master control room at the new county jail. The contract sum increase is $3,255.
  • Heard a report from Chief Deputy Donnie Grant that as of Thursday there were 67 inmates in the county jail, 55 males and 12 females.

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