Wedowee- At last week's workshop meeting of Randolph County Commission, there were accusations, insults and complaints thrown at commissioners by some frustrated and angry citizens.
During the public comment part of the meeting, Mary Wright of Roanoke addressed the commission concerning the condition of her road, which is southwest of Roanoke City Limits. "I have been here before and before that and before that to complain about my road," Wright said." My road, Rhett Circle, is supposed to be a paved road. That is why I moved there years ago. It's not paved anymore because of asphalt and tar coming up, and there are potholes that you have to dodge, and if you hit them, they will tear your vehicle all to pieces. The road is a disaster and very dangerous."
She went on to say that in past meetings, she was told the road would be fixed. She recalled, "The last commission told me the money was there and was approved to be fixed. Where's the money now? I guess it was just part of the 'good old boy' situation. Someone is going to get hurt, and me and the other taxpayers are going to have to pay in a lawsuit."
She said there needs to be a better check on the money. During her comments, the commissioners sat and listened and didn't speak. She exclaimed, "Why are ya'll being so disrespectful to me and all these other people. You're not saying a word! I'll remember this come next election time!"
Commission Chairman Larry Roberts responded, "I think you are the one being disrespectful to us! We just don't have the money to repair the farm-to-market roads. We have limited funds and only have so much money. We may even have to turn some of these paved roads back into dirt. Clay, Cleburne and Chambers around us are having the same problems ... money." Mrs. Wright said she doesn't care about any other county but Randolph.