Road Department Activity
Road Department Activity
Holiday Inn Express
Corner Express (O&M Oil Co.)
Head of the Class
NorthSide Baptist Church
South Arkansas Business Solutions
Immanuel Baptist Church
Gibson & Keith
Lucky’s Of Monticello
LifeShare No Date
Time & Temp
War Eagle Boats
Seark Sod Farm
Pines Broadcasting Company
Union Bank 1
Scripture Of The Day
Secure Storage 2
Road Department Activity
Last week, the majority of my time was again spent helping with road problems caused by the heavy rains. They will take awhile to get fixed, as the rains continued through this past Sunday. We did get a new grader in, and are leasing it. Another new leased grader should arrive next week, which will give us four total. That’s one more than we have now, and it should allow us to get the gravel roads repaired quicker.
Let me start off this week by saying that I think we came through the ice storm pretty well, and I feel like a lot of that was due to our being proactive and cutting back limbs along county roads. This eliminated some problems with power lines. We are also taking advantage of the storm, and trying to cut off as many weighted-down limbs as we can get to while they are easy to reach.
After my regular Monday-morning stop at the road department, I headed on out to inspect some areas where we had reclaimed loose chips from our resurfacing project on East Mt. Zion Road, then transported them to Seventh-Day Camp Road for use there.
The towers that will hold the severe weather warning sirens are being erected throughout the county as we speak. We have had a few problems, but are trying to work them all out. The locations for the sirens were determined through use of a computer model, and they are being put in places where they will serve the most citizens.
I had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration last week, and I hope everyone else did, too. We all have something to be thankful for.
On Monday, November 17, I began at the road department as usual, getting the lowdown on our projects for the week. I came on in to the office and started work on my proposed budgets for the road department and the one-cent special road tax for 2015. (more…)
I started out last week at the road department, making plans with the crew for the things were needed to get accomplished. I spent most of the rest of the day doing chores around the courthouse and preparing for the Veteran’s Day event to be held the following day. (more…)
I had a relatively slow week, as I am still recuperating from my surgery and still on light duty for the most part. I checked in with the road department, of course, and did a lot of chores in the office. I also helped out with some cleanup projects around the courthouse. We did some more planting in the flower beds on either side of the stairs.
By the middle of the week, I was able to get out and ride some roads. I also attended the Monticello City Council meeting, where the council agreed to pay for the city’s share of the Code Red early warning service. At this time, I will consider not renewing the contract with Code Red unless we get some of the issues worked out. Many people received phone calls alerting them of a recent storm system in the area, but did not get text messages about the storm until the next day. I am researching that to find out if that was due to issues with the cell phone carrier or Code Red, and will be considering that as we go forward.
My report this week will be short, as I was out nearly all of last week for a surgical procedure. I am slowly recovering.
The regular monthly quorum court meeting was postponed a week, and will be held at 7 p.m. this coming Monday, October 27.
Monday brought my regular trip to the road department to start the week, then I spent the rest of the day at the courthouse taking care of office chores.
Last week got off to a rough start for me. (more…)
I was out of town most of last week attending meetings and conferences. I was here Monday, though, and started out the day at the road department as always. Later, there were several things I had to take care of in the office since I was going to be gone the rest of the week.
Road Department Activity
Pipes were delivered to Sullivan, Florence and Connie Veasey roads. Equipment was moved to Montongo and the shop. SB2 was hauled to and spread on Sullivan and Florence roads, and hauled from Pine Bluff to the shop. Florence, Brixie, Mt. Tabor, North 16th Section and Lindsey Lane were graded. Dickson, Sanderlin, Wilmar Loop, Avery, Barkada, Stafford, Drew 133, Cottonwood, Rock Springs and Sullivan roads were patched. Work continued on the state aid project on Florence Road. Sullivan Road was bushhogged and limbs were cut.
Let me start off this week by reminding everyone that, this Friday, we will be sealing East Mt. Zion Road and a portion of Garnett Road, and we will be moving our equipment to Florence Road.
I’d like to ask everyone traveling in those areas to be mindful of our employees who are out there doing their best for you, and to allow for some extra time if you will be driving through those parts of the county.
Drew County got hit with a blast of winter weather last week that caused problems for many residents, but thankfully it only lasted about a day.
We had our regular quorum court meeting last Monday night, and at it, we discussed the possibility of implementing the Code Red emergency warning system for the county instead of tornado sirens. Code Red, a newer technology, would allow us to notify everyone of weather emergencies via either landline, cell phone or e-mail, not just those within hearing distance of the sirens. The Code Red system is less expensive than the sirens, and could be used for other situations in addition to bad weather, including such things as Amber and Silver Alerts, power outages, road closures, hazardous material spills, burn bans or any number of other situations. The cost would be 68 cents per county resident per year. We had some serious concerns about meeting the siren grant criteria and begin to look at our options. We are still studying the matter and gathering information, but we should be making a decision and moving forward in a few weeks.
We began last week by picking up the office building we had purchased through federal surplus in Little Rock. I am very pleased about this. We got the building, which has a bathroom, light fixtures, wiring and insulation, for only $3,000. We plan to use it at the landfill, where it will replace the worn-out FEMA trailer that was not quite meeting the ADEQ’s standards. I had my standard Monday-morning meeting at the road department, and performed a marriage ceremony. I also met with (more…)
Tomorrow is forecast to be Much Cooler than today. Thunderstorms developing in the afternoon.
Saturday 05/30 80%
High 85° / Low 65°
Thunderstorms. Lows overnight in the mid 60s.
Sunday 05/31 60%
High 77° / Low 62°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Cloudy in the morning with scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 77F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%.
Cash Saver Food Outlet
Ray Ryburn Real Estate
Jones Custom Backhoe Service, LLC
Monticello Animal Clinic
Tiny Thai Place
The Guest House
State Farm David Funderburg
Union Bank 2
Reggie’s Lock & Key
Southern Quality Construction
Cass Martin Realty
4. DMH Home Health
The Computer Guys
Cedar Hills Apartments
Monticello Tire (Goodyear)
Razorback Body Shop