Thursday, October 30, 2014
Board seeks light at 302-Cayce
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to ask the Mississippi Department of Transportation to install a traffic light at the busy intersection of Highway 302 and Cayce Road.
Citizens have asked for the light as a result of traffic increasing in the area due to economic growth, said supervisor Keith Taylor, who introduced the resolution.
The citizens think a light is needed in order to alleviate dangerous traffic situations at the intersection, he said.
All supervisors voted for the resolution.
Other concerns discussed by supervisors at an October 8 meeting included the costs of patching up new roads that are being torn to shreds by loggers and dirt haulers.
Supervisors reviewed what could be done to force truckers and contractors to pay for the damages they do to the roads.
Hundreds of loads of logs are coming out of the forest in the area of Marcon Road, according to county administrator Larry Hall.
He said truckers and construction companies argue that the roads are just old chip and seal roads in the first place. But these chip and seal roads have held up all these years, Hall said.
Supervisors asked board attorney Kent Smith what the options are to make those who damage the roads pay to repair them.
Smith said the county has to patch the damaged roads up first for public safety but the county must also document the damages as more than just normal wear in order to try to recover damages. He said any damage not due to normal depreciation can be asked for.
Hall said there is a lot of timber left to be logged in the area and if the road is patched, loggers will tear it up again when logging resumes in the spring and summer.
Taylor said haulers argued they would lose money by taking another (longer) route.
“Marshall County has the obligation and the authority to tell them what route to take,” Smith said. “You all (Marshall County) are not the only county fighting that battle.”
He thinks the logger is responsible for anything beyond normal wear and tear.
Taylor said when he brought up the fact that the road had just been resealed and now destroyed by the logger, the logger said he had paid his taxes, too.
Smith advised not to make a final claim until the hauler was through, but to document damages.
Taylor said he was in favor of repairing the damages, then advising the timber man he will be charged for any further damages.
Hall said it is too late in the season to do soil cement on the soft spots.
Taylor asked to spread on the minutes to give the logger notice he is responsible. Supervisors passed the motion unanimously.
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