County Judge’s ReportSeptember 25th, 2013 by Judge Robert Akin
Last week was a wild one! It started off normally but got very exciting – too exciting – before it was over. I began the week, as always, with a meeting at the road department, then took care of some courthouse business during the day. That evening, we had our regular quorum court meeting.
On Tuesday, I traveled over to Desha County to examine their landfill facilities and see how they handle their solid waste. I think we need a similar setup and will be able to get one if we get the grant money we are currently pursuing. That afternoon, I rode in the county fair parade and then my wife and I went out to the fair. While there, we checked out the new livestock building, which is really nice.
The monthly intermodal authority board meeting was held Wednesday morning, and I attended it, then drove the northwest corner of the county, inspecting the areas where are bushhogs are working at this time. We do have more equipment coming to help in clearing the right-of-ways, but it may be 15-30 days before it gets here. I’d like to ask everyone to be patient. We will be getting to everyone, hopefully by January, but it takes time, and we may not get to you before the foliage stops growing. We have 800 miles of county roads. Also on Wednesday, several courthouse employees and officials had lunch at the fair kitchen. We enjoyed our meals cooked by the EHC ladies and had a good visit with everyone out there.
Thursday started out with paperwork and a trip to the county barn. I was notified of the forest fire in the Tennessee Spur area about 2:30 p.m. and went out to see what the county could do to help. We had county people staying out until 1 a.m. assisting where we could. I want to take this time to thank all of the first responders for their excellent work, as well as our county crews – most especially road superintendent Mike McManus, who did a superb job on the dozer. I also have to say that the forestry commission responded very well, given how many fires they have had to fight recently. There were more than 3,000 acres burned in Drew, Bradley and Ashley counties just in the last week or so.
Friday morning, I performed a wedding ceremony, took care of some courthouse business, and did some more research on a grant for the landfill. I contacted the folks at the SEAEDD, and everything looks okay right now.
On Saturday, I attended the funeral of Sgt. Maj. Clifford M. Burks Sr. He lived next door to my grandmother while I was growing up, and I visited with him a lot. Sgt. Maj. Burks, a Drew County boy, was one of the most decorated living Marines. He earned not one but two Purple Hearts, as well as a Bronze Star, seeing action in some of the key battles of WWII. He re-enlisted to serve in the Korean War, and did two tours of duty in Vietnam. I admired him very much.
I ended my week on a happy note, visiting with Mrs. Louise Dennington at Belle View Estates. Mrs. Dennington’s family and friends were honoring her with a celebration of her 100th birthday, and I had a great time talking with her. Happy birthday to Mrs. Louise!
Road Department Activity
Monday – An uneven spot was repaired on Plantersville Road and Ladelle, Lone Sassafras, Pleasant Grove, Valley Junction, Goose Hollow, Prairie, Bowden Loop and Countryview roads were patched. Limbs were cut along Sullivan Road.
Tuesday – Ditch work was done on Prairie Chapel and Longview roads and uneven spots were repaired with hot mix on Plantersville, State School, Midway Route, Old Hwy. 13 and Hwy. 35. Green Hill, Old Warren, South Wilmar, Pumpkin Center, Lambert and Ozment Bluff were patched. Water was put out at the fairgrounds and more limbs were cut from Sullivan Road.
Wednesday – Ditch work was completed on Prairie Chapel and Longview roads, and they were bladed. Carl O’Neal Road was bladed. An uneven spot on State School Road was repaired with hot mix. Asphalt was spread on Old Troy Road and Midway Route. Barkada, Stafford, Sanderlin, Barnes, Bowser, South Bowser, Old Dermott, South 16 Section, Collins Line, Firing Range and Midway Route roads were patched. Limb-cutting continued on Sullivan Road.
Thursday – Culverts were cleaned out and a tire was fixed on a truck. An uneven spot on Midway Route was repaired using hot mix. Asphalt was spread on Bowden Loop. Golf Course Hill, Wilson, Lakewood Estates, Quail Run, Hunger Run Estates, Avery, Cottonwood Estates and Sullivan Road were patched. The roads at the fairgrounds were wet down and more limbs were cut on Sullivan Road.
Friday – SB2 was hauled to and spread on Collins Line, and half of it was double-bladed. A pipe was cleaned on South Allis Road. Old Hwy. 65, Loggy Bayou, Old Military and Selma-Collins roads were patched.