August 7, 2007
THEY DID VOTE TO BUY ROAD PAVING EQUIPMENT
citizens continued to speak against buying paving equipment,
the Commissioners voted to buy it anyway at their meeting
August 6. TWG has never had so many comments about any one
issue in a long time. Here are some of the comments
we received—it’s unfortunate our Commissioners
don’t think the same way or at least waited to get details
from the engineer:
• Road Paving!!
They supposedly prepared the road bed on Pitts Chapel
(to save money.) Another company paved it, but it didn’t
hold up because the road bed wasn’t prepared right and
the company wasn’t liable. The hill on Pitts Chapel began
breaking up immediately. They have proved they don’t know
what they are doing, so why would they want to buy road
• If you want to see just how good of a job the county
does at paving just go visit the paving done over at Charlie
Elliott. What a joke that is. It is already needing repair
and they just finished recently. As a taxpayer this makes
me so very angry. Especially when the dirt road that I
live on cannot be maintained properly.
• I have a suggestion for the lowly losers that occupy
our high offices. Being that home construction is sucking
wind why don’t they attempt to go to some of these equipment
auctions and maybe pick up some of this equipment on the
cheap? They may actually get some pieces on the cheap
that are still under warranty. But this would actually
save taxpayers money. Can’t do that now can we?
• Don’t forget the wheel roller and water truck these
are both important for proper compaction. And of course
a competent crew to put it down—one that might actually
work longer than 8 hours a day.
• You should have put Harvey Lane on this list also. Haven’t
you noticed the huge dip on the side of the road? It may
be just about big enough to tip a tractor trailer if they
hit it right.
• Contractors do this everyday, they’ll simply do a better
job and it will be less costly on the taxpayer. Half a
million plus all the extras would go a long way on some
of the roads.
• The asphalt distributor listed can be leased. This would
avoid a large capital expense while allowing the PW crew
the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and ability.
would like to comment, or send us a picture of your road
or a road near you, please do so.
no one brought up was the fact that the ditches
along most dirt roads have not been cleaned out in years.
How do we know? Because most of the ditches along our dirt
roads have 6’ trees growing in them. Road maintenance
just seems to be non-existent, but the County is now going
to spend time and money paving. The Engineers report has
brought out some of these long time maintenance problems
that must be fixed.
are some details from the Engineer’s report (CIS is engineering
• CIS has
begun to evaluate the "Priority Unpaved"
road projects that we understand are to be
funded with the General Fund Budget. (This
is going to come from our supposedly “surplus” from last
year’s budget. See http://www.taxdogs.com/worstroads091906.htm
for pictures and comment on how our BOC has picked “priority”
• Performing work on these road and drainage improvements
with in-house Public Works staff.
• Early analysis of the
"Priority Unpaved" road projects indicates that
improvements to the drainage elements of the road project
will be as critical as the paving of the road itself.
Many of the ditch sections and drainage infrastructure
(roadway culverts) on these roads are undersized, damaged
or deteriorated due to age or use of uncoated metal pipes.
• To self-perform this work in an efficient
and productive manner, the following elements will need
to be considered by the Jasper County BOC:
1. That a sufficient "construction materials"
budget be allocated in the General Fund Budget
2. A crew of 5-6 must be allocated to this
work in order to perform tasks in an efficient
and timely manner. "Other" tasks assigned to
this crew other than improvements to "unpaved roads"
will decrease staff efficiency and result in projects
not being completed in a timely manner
3. In some cases, additional right-of-way or
drainage easements may be required in order
to construct these roads in a manner that will increase
the long-term durability of the project and to minimize
the potential for impacts to private property.
During the Commissioner’s
discussion, it was also brought up that the cost
didn’t end with the new equipment ($500,000).
There are other things including more equipment
that goes along with paving (a citizen mentioned wheel roller
and water truck). The county will have to buy the material
and get it to the jobs. To transport the materials tandem
and dump trucks will have to be bought—not just one, but
3 or 4. No mention was made of what the cost
would be for those.
When the paving
crew comes to your neighborhood, we would love for you to
send us a report. The County will have an engineer to do
“quality control” as one Commissioner put it. This means
the road is suppose to be inspected along the process and
ensure that all work is being done correctly to have a good,
long lasting road. Of course, this insurance is at a cost
of $555,000 over 4 years.
TWG would still
like to know why NO economic analysis to compare
cost and options (outside contractor vs. in house) was done.
As one citizen told commissioners, “If you were going to
spend any of your own money, even $50,000 you would find
out what was the best way to invest or use your own money.
It’s called “due diligence” and the same consideration should
be made with taxpayer’s money.”
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