County residents donate money for road repairs

By Britne Reeves

Staff Writer

 

Discussion about road repairs still swirled within the Van Zandt County commissioner’s courtroom April 28. 

County residents Ronnie Jones and Steve Plunk discussed the state of county roads briefly.

Jones suggested that the commissioners “define fixing” to repair a road and said commissioner’s should “look to 10 to 20 years in the future to see what the conditions of the road would be then.”

However, Jones’ biggest complaint was funds used for capital murder trials within the county, asking why the county had “misapplied funds” for the trials. County officials “need to know what is going on and what they are doing,” he said.

Plunk took the courtroom back to the road conditions saying that he wants to “be a part of a solution and is still an avid supporter of the Unit road system.”

Plunk said he is “proud to be a Van Zandt County citizen but that the county does have road problems.”

Plunk highlighted that within the Unit system, a road engineer would have a county vehicle and that commissioners would not have county vehicles. Plunk said the UNIT system is a “matter of a different plan for the county and that the county has holes within its revenue bucket.”

A drop in the bucket, but nevertheless a drop of $21,800 in public checks, will help pay for repairs on County Road 3425. They money to repair the road was donated by residents.

Judge Don Kirkpatrick said that the county will furnish the machinery for repairs and that the monies would go into a line item under the umbrella of a donation.

Commissioner Bob Chaney said that the county would also cover some of the expense for the oil and sand materials to be used.

During the special session of the commissioner’s court April 23, the commissioners spent a lengthy amount of time discussing the awarding of bids for road and bridge materials from May 1, 2015, to April 30, 2016. The court discussed the different types of materials needed and which ones would be the best for the county. The commissioners then narrowed the lists down to materials that were best suitable for each precinct. 

 

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