Drew County Judge's Report
This week’s report will be shorter than usual as last Thursday was a holiday and I took a day of vacation last Friday.
As usual, I started the week off with an early-morning meeting at the road department, where we planned our work for the week. Later that day, I had a meeting with Monticello Economic Development Commission director Nita McDaniel and Mayor Allen Maxwell.
On Tuesday, I was in the office all day, completing paperwork and dealing with constituent concerns. You might say I spent the day “putting out fires.”
Wednesday at noon, I attended the monthly MEDC meeting, where I updated the board on a number of county projects and the importance of continuing the existing one-cent road sales tax.
Road Department Activity
On Monday, Grace Loop Road was double-bladed. Grace Community Road was bladed and ditched, and a ditch was cut out on Four Mile Creek Road. A culvert was installed on Countryview Road and Midway Route was sprayed. Gravel was hauled to and spread on Countryview Road. Ladelle, McManus, Lone Sassafras, Bowden Loop, and Prairie roads were patched. One employee went to the federal surplus facility in Little Rock to pick up a water truck which we will use to make our road-building process more cost-efficient. Collins Line Road was bushhogged.
Grace Loop and Grace Community roads were ditched on Tuesday, as was South Allis Road. Chip-and-seal work was done on Sanderlin Road and a number of loads of chips were hauled from Pine Bluff. Bushhogging continued on Collins Line Road.
On Wednesday, maintenance work was done on the bushhog before Grace Loop Road and West Jerome to Church Road were bushhogged. Midway Route and Florence Road were sprayed, and chip-and-seal work was done on Bowser and South Bowser roads. South Allis Road was ditched. Several loads of chips and gravel were hauled from Pine Bluff and Harrell.
Road department employees worked on Thursday, July 4, and took Friday, July 5, off. On Thursday, Bayou Road was bushhogged and Florence, Old Dermott and Garnett roads were sprayed. Gravel was hauled to and spread on Countryview Road and Collins Line and Barkada roads were patched.