County Judge’s ReportJanuary 29th, 2015 by Joe Burgess
I’d like to start this week by reminding everyone that theft of county road signs is a very serious issue, more so than you might realize. Here’s why: Suppose an ambulance crew gets dispatched as the result of a 911 call about an apparent heart attack. The victim, who might be your mom, dad or grandparent, lives in a rural area of the county and the sign marking the road has been stolen. As a result, the ambulance crew has a hard time finding the house, wasting precious minutes. Maybe the victim dies because he didn’t get medical attention soon enough. If you are found to be in possession of that stolen road sign, the county could attempt to pursue charges against you for involuntary manslaughter. Theft of county road signs is punishable by fines of up to $1,000, and we do investigate these matters. If you have any information about stolen road signs, please contact the sheriff’s office at 367-6211.
Fines of up to $1,000 could also be imposed for anyone convicted of littering. Our roads are public property, and no one wants to see them covered in fast food wrappers, beer cans and plastic bags. Residents should be aware we investigate reported incidents of littering, as well as illegal dumps.
The courthouse was closed last Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The remainder of the week was busy with routine office chores and meetings on a variety of subjects, primarily held in my office. I did attend the regular monthly meeting of the intermodal authority.
I also went to the Arkansas Big Buck Classic this weekend, and I was amazed to see the size of some of our Arkansas bucks compared to previous years. It looks like our conservation efforts are paying off and our bucks are getting bigger.
Road Department Activity
Monday – Holiday
Tuesday – A 60 x 30 pipe was installed on Wilmar Loop and a 54 x 30 pipe was installed on Longview Road. Panther Break, Silver Mt. Church, Ashley 733, Bulloch Headquarters, Hayden Loop, Pleasant Springs, Garnett, Lincoln and Bostian roads were bladed. Wheeler and Seventh Day Camp roads and Willis Lane were double-bladed. Selma-Collins Road was patched. Gravel was hauled to the fairgrounds and Longview Road. SB2 was hauled to the fairgrounds, Wilmar Loop and Longview Road. North 16th Section, Brixie, Skipper Bridge and Loggy Bayou roads were patched.
Wednesday – Skipper Bridge, Loafers’ Lane and North 16th Section roads were double-bladed. Hill Community, Lake Wallace, Grace Loop, Old Warren, Lambert, Ethridge and Gardner roads were bladed. Selma-Collins, North 16th Section, Grizzell, Florence, Mt. Tabor, Schultz and Green Mount roads were patched. Gravel was hauled to the fairgrounds and SB2 was hauled to Selma-Collins, North 16th Section and Longview roads.
Thursday – Water was drained off Midway Route. Four Mile Creek Road and Garrett Lane were bladed. Selma-Collins and Green Mount roads were patched. Peacock Road was double-bladed. Gravel was hauled to the fairgrounds and the stockpile was pushed up. A grader was moved to Possum Valley. Signs were put up throughout the county. Wilmar Loop Road was ditched.
Friday – Most road department employees spent the day checking roads for problem areas, cleaning out pipes and dealing with other drainage issues. Water was drained off Midway Route and maintenance work was done on a grader. Replacement road signs were put up throughout the county.