County Judge’s ReportMarch 1st, 2014 by iPhone
Last week, I attended the Association of County Judges winter conference in Little Rock. We spent time in several meetings getting updated on a number of topics and hearing from Governor Mike Beebe, who discussed the private option, which has proven to be a real hot potato. The Senate has approved it, but it has failed four times to get the super-majority needed to pass the House.
It was back to Drew County on Monday, starting the week at the road department as always. That evening, the quorum court was held, with the majority of the meeting focusing on the debate over the Code Red/tornado sirens debate. It appears the quorum court is split at this time, and efforts are still being made to achieve a consensus.
Tuesday we had a bid opening for new stick steer loader to be used for paving and maintenance of county roads. I also attended an auction in Stuttgart to look at some equipment for the road department, but didn’t buy anything.
Zack Tucker and Curtis Lagrone were sworn in as the newest members of the Drew County Museum board on Wednesday. I also attended the regular monthly meeting of the Southeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Authority.
I enjoyed meeting with the Lions Club on Thursday. I gave a report on county activities to the members and we discussed finances. Tax revenues are up somewhat, and that has been a big help.
On Friday, I performed two marriages and took care of various other office chores.
Saturday night, I had a good time attending a fundraiser for the Tillar Volunteer Fire Department. The county was well-represented, with Justices of the Peace Chris Barnett, Carole Bulloch, Patty Mitchell, Orlando Jones and Frank Appleberry in attendance. State Rep. Sheilla Lampkin was there as well.
Road Department Activity
Monday – Carl O’Neal, Prairie Chapel, Longview, Ben Loveless and Smith roads were double-bladed. Ditches were cleaned out on Barkada and Lambert roads. Dirt was hauled to the landfill. Wilson, Old Hwy. 13, Campground Loop, Campground, Plantersville, East and West Mt. Zion and Garnett roads were patched. SB2 was hauled from Pine Bluff and spread on Piney Creek Lane. Hunger Run Estates, James Brown, Calhoun, Tennessee Spur, Deeper Green, Walnut, Dave Knight, Gardner, Lambert, Etheridge, Piney Creek, North 16th Section, Ganderville, Ken, Simpson, and Lindsey Lane were bladed. Four Mile Creek, Ras Pace and Mhoon roads were bushhogged and limbs were chipped on Mhoon Road.
Tuesday – Cook Lane, Deal, Lincoln, Bostian, Dow Russell and Stafford roads were bladed. New Light, Baker Cemetery, Old Troy, Webb and Loggy Bayou roads were double-bladed. An 18 x 30 culvert was put in on Four Mile Creek Road. A washout was repaired on Skipper Bridge Road. Old Dermott Hwy, Old Deane, Drew 22, Firing Range, Old Troy, Midway Route, Lone Sassafras, Longview, and Jones Loop were patched. SB2 was hauled from Pine Bluff to the shop. Gravel was hauled to Winchester from the shop. More ditches were cleaned out on Lambert Road, and limbs were chipped there as well. Bushhogging and limb chipping continued on Four Mile Creek Road.
Wednesday – South 16th Section, North 16th Section, Lucas, Green Hill, Green Hill-New Hope, Ras Pace, Lacey-New Hope and Beulah roads were patched. Ozment Bluff, Mhoon, Huskey Trail, Ellis White, Sid Carpenter, Old Hwy. 65, Young and Peacock roads were double-bladed, while Thomas Lane and Connie Veasey Road, Wilmar Loop, Barkada and Dickson roads were bladed. SB2 was hauled from Pine Bluff to the shop. Ditches were cleaned out on Lambert Road and bushhogging and limb chipping continued on Four Mile Creek Road.
Thursday – Enon-Deane Road and Loafers Lane were triple-bladed. Graders were serviced and a tire changed. Sandy Creek and part of Skipper Bridge roads were graded. Burton, Lacey-New Hope, West Lacey, North and South Lacey School, Valley Junction, McManus, Deal, Prairie and Goose Hollow roads were patched. SB2 was hauled from Pine Bluff to the shop. Ditch cleaning continued on Lambert Road, while bushhogging and limb chipping continued on Four Mile Creek and Ras Pace roads.
Friday – Panther Break and Skipper Bridge roads were double-bladed. Signs were put up throughout the county. Blades were changed on a grader. Pipes were checked and cleaned and limbs picked up from Midway Route, Brixie, Mt. Tabor, Florence, Ken, North 16the Section and Selma-Collins roads. Bordeaux, South 16th Section, South Cominto, Collins Line, and Selma Collins roads were patched. SB2 was hauled from Pine Bluff to the shop. Bushhogging and limb chipping continued on Four Mile Creek Road.