The responsibility for the upkeep of private roads in Clay County is on the owners themselves.
Recently, a Letter to the Editor was published in The Brazil Times inquiring about the ownership of private roads and who is responsible for upkeep and other needs, like snow plowing.
According to Clay County E-911 Director John Turner, there are approximately 75-100 private roads within the county, many of which have been put in for private residences.
However, the county is restricted from providing services to maintain or clear private roads.
"Like many of the roads running through subdivisions, private roads are considered private property," Clay County Highway Superintendent Pete Foster told The Brazil Times. "The county is not allowed to be on private property."
Foster elaborated in saying the county is not allowed to plow snow off of private drives, even if a resident living on the road calls to request service.
"Whoever lives on the road is responsible for any work or plowing," he said.
Clay County Commissioners President Charlie Brown told The Brazil Times that even if the initial owner of the road moves or passes away, the county does not take over the responsibility of maintenance.
"Ownership of the road remains connected to the property," Brown said. "If two or more residences are on a private road, the owners are responsible for determining who will provide road maintenance needs."
He added the roads running through many subdivisions -- including Stan Mar Estates and Lord's Way -- are private and not designated as county roads.
However, under certain circumstances, the county has the choice on whether or not to take over ownership of private roads.
"If a private road is brought up to state standards, the county could take it over," Brown said. "However, it would be at our discretion."