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Front Page March 7, 2017  RSS feed

Jenkins is persistent but road still has not been fixed

By Sherry Matney

For the third time since the first of 2017 Oakwood resident Janice Jenkins addressed the Leon County Commissioners Court to express her dissatisfaction with the way the road, on which she lives, has been left in serious disrepair for at least two years. Jenkins said she has spoken with the Oakwood mayor and still nothing has been done to the road. She and her neighbor, Leslie Turner who appeared in Court in January, wants to have rock and gravel hauled in to help stop the erosion but the gravel trucks do not feel it is safe to traverse the road to bring in the rock. Meanwhile her property is washing away because of the way the road was reconstructed.

Commissioner David Ferguson told Jenkins that the County hauled in a culvert at the request of the City of Oakwood, but her property is in the City and not in the County’s jurisdiction. He advised, once again, that she contact the City of Oakwood and have the mayor contact him for assistance. He said the County has an agreement with the City of Oakwood that allows the County to assist, but the Mayor must call him personally before he can help. Jenkins said she would talk to the Mayor another time and plead her case.

The Leon County Commissioners Court held its regular meeting on February 28, 2017 with all Commissioners in attendance. Judge Byron Ryder presided.

The Court voted to approve an Interlocal Agreement with the Sexual Assault Resource Center but not before Judge Ryder voiced his concern about the organization’s reluctance to come to Leon County in the case of a violation at night or early in the morning. The Court approved the agreement but Judge Ryder asked Justin Lopez to visit with Sheriff Kevin Ellis to be apprised of the situation. SARC promotes and presents sexual awareness programs in schools and cities. He has made presentations in Normangee, Centerville and Oakwood.

The Court approved the City/School election Lease Agreement for election equipment on 5-6-17. They also approved a Proclamation naming April 4th as National Service Recognition

Day and voted to decorate the Courthouse lawn with blue ribbons on April 5th in honor of Child Abuse Prevention month.

Chapel of the Hills was granted the use of the courthouse square on April 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Easter activities. Bedias Creek Soil and Water Conservation District was approved for a donation of $1,000 from Leon County.

Jimmy Carrigan presented a request to seek a 100% Grant for the ACU Tactical Device upgrade in the amount of $4,400. The request was approved. The Court discussed another grant that is a 75%/25% hazardous mitigation grant. The funds are left over from previous disasters and could be difficult to get approved, consequently the Commissioners decided not to pursue the request.

The Court approved paying Charles Willis & Associates, Inc. $6,800 for proposed scope of work for the airport project. Commissioner Joey Sullivan said he felt this route gave Leon County the best chance of getting an airport, which would be important for future growth. Willis is applying for a 90/10 grant, which will cover the entire project and provide a 6,000- foot runway. Ninety/ten means the government will pay 90% of total costs and the County will pay 10%.

Permission was granted to widen County Roads 275, 282, 268, 212, 213 and 223. Budget amendments and Line Items transfers were approved. A donation of $2,908.90 was accepted into the Sheriff’s maintenance account.

Two extremely long discussions were tabled. One was to amend Subdivision Resolution and one was to approve abandonment of CR 303.

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