Orlando SIgns May 6

Board President and District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer signs a proclamation for Mental Health Awareness Month at the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday. (Photo by Charlie Benton, SDN)

Once again, improvements to Blackjack Road were at the forefront of discussion for the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors.

At its Monday meeting, the board was addressed by area residents Jolanda Young and Catherine Tate regarding the condition of the road, and why planned repairs have not begun yet. The road is home to large student apartment complexes, in addition to several private dwellings.

Board Attorney Rob Roberson said the issue was not with money, or the county’s capabilities, but with the legal side of the project. He said three of the apartment complexes and one landowner refused to sign easements at this point, which are required for the county to begin the project.

He said the county had started a legal process called a quick check to try to receive the easements. In a best case scenario, the process would be complete by October or November. 

District 5 Supervisor Joe Williams made a motion for the board to seek an opinion from State Aid on whether the county could complete work in areas where it already had easements in place.

For more on this story, read Tuesday's Starkville Daily News

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