Loggers Oppose “Heavy Access Permit” as Proposed by County at Quorum Court MeetingFebruary 19th, 2013 by Joe Burgess
Approximately a dozen logging and construction contractors attended the Drew County Quorum Court meeting, Monday night, after hearing rumors about the county’s proposed “heavy use access permits”, that included fines and potentially jail time as penalties for it’s violation.
County Judge Robert Akin described the ongoing problems with damaged roads and ditches, along with logs and debris being left in county road ditches by some loggers. The Judge complemented the contractors in the room for the good reputations they’ve earned, but added there are others that aren’t up to the same standards.
The proposed program would have required advance permission before setting up a logging operation on a county road, a time limit on the work site, and damaged to be repaired in 24 hours. The issue was tabled, and discussion from all parties involved is expected during the upcoming month.
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