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Supervisors discuss road work, strategic plan, financial plan

February 21, 2011

Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors are discussing new ways to make improvements to the county, and how to finance them.
As part of Monday night’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the discussion of the condition of county roads, and ordinance proposals were part of numerous topics on the agenda, which all tie back to the creation of a unified strategic plan, as introduced in the Feb. 7 meeting.
Fred Allen addressed the Supervisors concerning his ideas for road improvements, through the use of county roads works as well as hired contractors to accomplish the large amount of work at hand.
Allen encouraged the board to develop a contingency plan, not just budget road work from year to year. He discussed the condition of the roads throughout the county, especially New Light Road where he is a resident, with the idea of creating a plan of action.
He said the county plans to paved eight miles per year, but many times can only accomplish four to five miles, due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
Allen proposed using contractors to finish out the remaining unpaved county miles in the work plan each year.
“Don’t come up with reasons why we can’t, but come up with reasons why we can,” Allen said.
Allen also acknowledged the value of working with consultants from Mississippi State University for developing an overall plan to benefit the county.
District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer presented a financial proposal designed to get residents of District 2 “out of the dust and mud,” but it would help all of the districts if the board were willing to consider the possibilities.
“I want to do whatever would be the most advantageous to the county,” Trainer said. “But I think we can do some creative things to help improve the roads.”
“We have to do something,” said District 1 Supervisor Carl Clardy, “the roads are falling apart. The question has always been how to do it within our means.”
“But the question is, how will we service the debt?” District 5 Supervisor John Young said.
Supervisors still had many questions regarding the proposal, and agreed to continue the discussion at another time.
Mrs. Robert Mangum addressed the road numbering system as it related to a personal emergency in her family recently.
She said E-911 could not find her house due to the numbering issues on Cambridge Road and other roads in the county.
Supervisors said a new numbering system was in the works and will be addressed in coming weeks.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Additional information about Monday night’s meeting will be available in Wednesday’s edition of the Starkville Daily News.

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