JASONVILLE -- Residents of North Fry St., Jasonville, repeated their pleas to the Greene County Commissioners Tuesday for help in curbing the number of dangerous, heavy vehicles using their street at a high rate of speed.
Residents have asked the commissioners for assistance several times before -- dating back more than a year -- but Tuesday, a new glitch surfaced.
Part of the road in question, in the opinion of residents and Commissioner Rick Graves, lies in Clay County.
The residents would like the north-south road to be vacated -- forcing the big trucks to use an alternate route away from the neighborhood.
Fry Street runs from State Road 48 to the Greene-Clay county line.
On the north side of the road -- in Clay County -- are three commercial businesses that utilize heavy trucks.
The businesses include Scott Crowe Equipment, Castle's Salvage Yard and a private farmer.
Graves said during the farming season, there is a large volume of semi-truck traffic on the roadway.
Resident Judy Lecocq told the commissioners that a land survey shows part of the county road (Fry Street) on the west side of Jasonville lies on property owned by Larry Stevenson.
She suggested if the county would give Stevenson his property back, it would close the road to public traffic and solve the problem.
However, Graves said that's not a viable solution because Fry Street dead-ends into the driveways private businesses.
They would not have access to their properties until Clay County officials would agree to build an access road, Graves pointed out.
Commissioner's attorney Marilyn Hartman noted to vacate a county road, a petition would have to be drafted and presented to the commissioners.
"Public roads become public by use and that road has been used as a county road and recognized as a county road for 10 years, it's a county road," Hartman said.
Graves said throughout the years, the road "has widened out," and encroached on Stevenson's yard.
Graves admitted the road does need work and the commissioners plan on making some repairs in the spring.
"It's one road that we are going to rebuild this spring or this summer," he said.
Part of the road is located within the city of Jasonville and its city council has been advised of the concerns. In addition, county officials have agreed to work with the county in repairing the road.
"Fry Street is a north-south road and when it gets to the county line, it just stops," Graves said. "The commercial properties that use Fry Street, it dead-ends right into their driveway. All the semi-truck traffic drives the full length of Fry Street from State Road 48 up to the county line to these businesses in Clay County.
"We've had discussions about closing the road. I've expressed my opinion in that I don't think we should close roads just to be closing roads. We can't make the road much wider or much safer. We can put a new surface on it and try to help it there and do some work on the ditches and culverts. We now have come up with a new glitch in all of this."
Graves said he knows those who live in the residential neighborhood are disgusted about the situation.
"It's a tough situation. I feel for the people who live on that road. They (the grain farmer) don't haul everyday, but during farming season, there is a lot of traffic," Graves said. "When they (Crowe Equipment) do haul bricks in and out -- it's not an everyday thing or an every week thing -- but during the season, they do and there is a lot of truck traffic in and out for periods of time. I am sure it is aggravating to the people."
Graves also said during the course of looking into the Fry Street problem, it was discovered the county line east-west road, which is Clay County Road 139 South, has been taken care of by Greene County for years.
"We've been taking care of it for as long as any of the highway guys can remember," Graves said.
The Greene County Commissioner plans to attend the next meeting of the Clay County Commissioner to seek their help in solving the road maintenance discrepancy on the county line road way.