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Officials prepping roads for winter

Sunday, December 18, 2011

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Clay County Commissioner President Charlie Brown
Clay County Commissioners are looking into a new solution for roads to prevent damage from winter weather.

"Last year, the ice was kind of like our tsunami," Commissioner President Charlie Brown said. "It just kind of hit us, and we weren't prepared for it. We're not going to get caught like that this year."

The county has six snowplows and six saltboxes, along with 14 people to take care of 700 miles of road.

"The best tools for snow and ice are sand and salt, but a lot of counties are now using calcium chloride, which acts like an ice-melt that you put down," Brown said. "You mix it with the salt and sand."

The commissioners have been talking with different vendors about the solution.

"There's a local vendor that is coming in next week to talk about it," he said. "We want to try it on a trial basis and see if it actually works well."

In the fall, the commissioners were able to buy, at a reasonable price, a new stainless steel saltbox. Also, they have made one truck a permanent salt truck.

"Our man power right now is low, but we have a lot of good things going on," Brown said. "The guys are doing a great job. We try to work on a real tight budget, and I think the guys do a super job. They need to be recognized."

The commissioners are also in negotiations to receive milling from the construction of the interstate. The county would get the material for free and could use it for the county roads to save on rock and reduce dust.


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How about some drainage ditches west of quick pick south on 800 north????????? The current ditches are the road great job guys.

-- Posted by buddry55 on Sun, Dec 18, 2011, at 7:28 PM

HOW ABOUT TAKING AWAY SOME MORE MONEY FROM SEARCH AND RESCUE, LIKE THE FUEL FUND YOU JUST TOOK AWAY. I HOPE YOU REMEMBER THIS IF YOU ARE EVER IN A CAR ACCIDENT AND YOU NEED THEM TO CUT YOU OUT OF YOUR CAR! OH WAIT THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE FUEL MONEY TO GET TO YOU. SORRY FOR YOU LUCK!!!!!

-- Posted by bandmom_63 on Sun, Dec 18, 2011, at 7:47 PM

What roads are they prepping ? we don't have roads in Clay County ....

-- Posted by piggie on Sun, Dec 18, 2011, at 10:06 PM

Hope that stainless steal salt box saves ur buns when search n rescue runs out of gas a mile away from ur car accident!Hope that stainless steal salt box knows CPR too when ur loved one stops breathing or has a heart attack!

-- Posted by dogslove on Sun, Dec 18, 2011, at 10:51 PM

what about fixing the roads in the city .

and still have sand from last year on the roads.

-- Posted by kiser1435 on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 6:21 PM

Highway department assets come from the state distributing the gasoline tax back to the counties. Money spent on the highway department can not be spent for search and rescue or any other county office. I appreciate the service of Search and Rescue but it isn't fair to criticize the commissioners for highway purchases vs fuel budgets for Search And Rescue.

-- Posted by Lafin on Wed, Dec 21, 2011, at 8:20 AM

I do not understand how I can travel through Putnam and Parke County and they have repaired roads, but yet clay county roads are impassable. My property taxes went up again last year, but the roads are worse. I wish the commissioners would drive north on CR 500 E from US 40 and see for themselves. When asked why the roads are in the shape they are in they just smile and say they don't have any money. If we can't repair roads or mow the right of ways, then why have a county highway department?

-- Posted by Frustrated1 on Fri, Dec 23, 2011, at 9:34 AM


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