2010-09-23 / Front Page

Various County Roadway Repairs Are Underway Throughout Owen

Tree To Be Planted On Courthouse Lawn For Marking 2008 Efforts
by Michael Stanley Staff Writer

In the absence of Richard Foutch, Owen County Commissioners George Jennings and Wiley Truesdel addressed a variety of agenda items Monday afternoon.

Owen County Highway Department Superintendent Joe Pettijohn first informed the board of recent work by his crews, including brush cutting on Braysville and Timber Ridge roads. Pettijohn said crews are in the process of wedging and leveling portions of Cuba Road, Ottoman Church Road and Country Club Road, with the ongoing project estimated to cost $40,000.

Pettijohn noted that drainage issues on Keene Road are being addressed and the through route off of Surber Road should be completed by Friday afternoon.

In 2009, Pettijohn purchased higher grade salt for county roadways at $110 a ton, but informed the board he had recently received a quote of $55.77 a ton for pure white salt. Pettijohn intends to purchase 450 tons of salt before the winter months arrive.

In additional roadway issues, the board received Request For Proposal packets from several vendors for a Bridge 52 replacement. The bridge is on Rattlesnake Road and the estimated $1,418,000 project is scheduled to begin 2012. The county would pay a 20 percent match of $283,600.

Hearing from concerned residents Mike and Dawn Mustard, the commissioners discussed what the couple described as a health hazard at an adjacent property on Minks Road. However, county legal representative Richard Lorenz informed the couple that the state has no code and the county has no ordinance addressing the issue at hand, where standing water in a pool is their concern.

The commissioners later voted 2-0 to approve ‘No Parking’ signs on County Road 575 South in Freedom at the request of Bates Mechanical, Inc. owner Bill Bates.

The commissioners also voted 2-0 to approve the planting of a tree on the courthouse lawn by the Rebuild Owen County Committee (R.O.C.C.) to remember community efforts following the devastating flood of June 2008.

After extending the countywide burn ban until 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 4, the commissioners noted they would reassess the topic during their next meeting in October.

Owen County EMS Director Cris Lunsford informed the board of the newest addition to the Owen County Rescue Team in Nathan Cross. Lunsford also noted his department had all four ambulances staffed over a busy weekend. He also expressed desire for a new county ordinance that would require anyone hosting an event within Owen County with an attendance above a certain threshold to inform all emergency services ahead of time.

The commissioners later voted 2-0 to approve a request to donate sick days from one employee to another in the prosecutor’s office.

The commissioners advised county maintenance supervisor Sam Hobbs to post a no trespassing sign at the former Owen County Home.

With a 2-0 vote, the commissioners signed off on payment authorizations for projects for the Owen Valley Sports Complex and Greybrook Lake.

The Owen County Board of Commissioners will meet again on Monday, October 4, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Room, located on the second floor of the Owen County Courthouse.

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