Drew County Judge’s report
We had our regular quorum court meeting last Monday night, and at it, we discussed the possibility of implementing the Code Red emergency warning system for the county instead of tornado sirens. Code Red, a newer technology, would allow us to notify everyone of weather emergencies via either landline, cell phone or e-mail, not just those within hearing distance of the sirens. The Code Red system is less expensive than the sirens, and could be used for other situations in addition to bad weather, including such things as Amber and Silver Alerts, power outages, road closures, hazardous material spills, burn bans or any number of other situations. The cost would be 68 cents per county resident per year. We had some serious concerns about meeting the siren grant criteria and begin to look at our options. We are still studying the matter and gathering information, but we should be making a decision and moving forward in a few weeks.
Also last Monday, I went to the road department first thing that morning for our regular weekly meeting.
On Tuesday, I picked up trash on Campground Road and discussed having the road department coordinate with the sheriff’s department to determine areas that persons who are working off fines by doing community service need to concentrate on.
I visited with an outside contractor on Wednesday regarding cleaning the exterior of the courthouse. In the past, grants have been secured to pay for this project, and we will be seeking another one when I receive a quote on the cost. I also attended the intermodal authority meeting. The county has had a vacancy on the board for some time, and I have someone in mind to fill it. I want to take this time to say thank you to Reginald Glover, a city appointee to the board who is stepping down, for his years of dedicated service to this project.
Thursday and Friday, I spent mostly at the courthouse, dealing with paperwork and various other chores. I also performed a wedding ceremony.
I’d like to remind people who are looking for a place to host an event that the VFW building can be rented at a very reasonable rate. The VFW is a non-profit organization and does a lot to support our veterans. The contact person to rent the building is Commander Jim Lee. He may be reached at 367-5585.
Road Department Activity
Monday - Collins Line Road was double-bladed. Leaves and limbs were cleaned out of ditches there and on Panther Break, Hwy. 133 and South Allis Road. Numerous loads of B stone were hauled from Pine Bluff to the shop. Old Warren Road was bushhogged and limbs were chipped up.
Tuesday - Collins Line Road was re-bladed and half of Skipper Bridge and all of Panther Break, Old Warren, Etheridge and Lambert roads were bladed. A 30 x 30 pipe was installed on New Light Road and ditches were cleaned out on Enon-Deane, Campground and South Allis roads. Ladelle Road, Deal, Deal Lane, McManus, Prairie, Bowden Loop, Pleasant Grove, Lone Sassafras, Midway Route and streets in the township of Ladelle were patched. Three loads of SB2 were hauled from Pine Bluff to the shop. A pipe was cleaned on Jones Loop. Old Warren Road was bushhogged and trash was picked up there and on Campground, Barkada and Plantersville roads.
Wednesday - Panther Break was rebladed and some SB2 was spread on it. An 18 x 26 pipe was put in on Grace Loop. South Allis, Dave Knight, Walnut, and Avery roads were bladed. Sixth Street in Ladelle, Ras Pace, South 16th Section, Old Military, Ables Creek, Loggy Bayou and Old Hwy. 65 were patched. SB2 was hauled from Pine Bluff to Panther Break. Florence, Tara Lane and Tara Grove were double-bladed. Ditches were cleaned on Campground Road and limbs were cut and chipped on Old Warren Road.
Thursday - Bulloch Headquarters was bladed, and some ditch work was done and SB2 was spread. Skipper Bridge and 3rd Street in Collins were bladed and SB2 was spread. Two 18x20 pipes were installed on Old Warren and Jose Chapel roads. Bostian, Lincoln, Dow Russell and Stafford roads were bladed. Sam Carter, Sanderlin, Wilmar Loop, Barkada, Stafford, Cottonwood Estates, Avery, Drew Co. 133, Hunger Run Estates and Quail Run roads were patched. SB2 was hauled from the shop to Bullock Headquarters. Old Hwy. 65 and Young Lane were double-bladed. Ditches were cleaned on Barkada and limbs were cut and chipped on Old Warren Road.
Friday - Four Mile Creek Road was double-bladed and some work was done on Skipper Bridge Road. Cold mix was used to make repairs on Valley Junction and Little Garnett roads. Hunger Run Estates, James Brown, Calhoun, Tennessee Spur, Deeper Green, Wilmar Loop and Barkada roads were bladed. The patch machine was cleaned out. Gravel was hauled to the shop, Midway Route and Collins. Loggy Bayou, Brixie and Mt. Tabor roads were double-bladed. Ditches were cleaned on Barkada Road. Bushhogging and limb-chipping were completed on Old Warren Road and started on Burton Road.