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Homeowner asks supervisors for better roads

A man who lives on Jake’s Trail begged the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors to do something about the poor condition of his road and those around it.

Roland Robinson told the board earlier this week that besides Jake’s Trail, there’s also work to be done on Greenwich Road to make them both drivable. He added Cade Lane to the list after the meeting.

The roads are in District 2, which is run by Board President Bobby Watts.

Watts said he’s been telling Robinson the same thing for six months.

“Money is not here to overlay these two roads,” Watts said of Jake’s Trail and Greenwich Road. “We’re all in the same boat. I’m patching and doing small stuff. It’s all I can do.”

Watts said it costs the county $84,000 a mile to overlay roads with three inches of asphalt.

“It’s been neglected for too long,” Robinson said.

Watts said he plans to improve the road when he can.

“When the money comes around, y’all will be No. 1, but I don’t know when it will come around.”

Lincoln County Chancery Clerk Tillmon Bishop said money for projects won’t be available to supervisors until January or February when homeowners start paying their taxes. He explained that because supervisors are on a beat system of government, each supervisor is in charge of maintaining his own roads.

“Is there anything else I can do?” Robinson said.

“I think you’ve done everything you can do, approach your supervisor,” Bishop said. “These guys aren’t going to tell him how to spend his money.”

Robinson, looking agitated, continued to argue. “Every time I talk to him, there’s no money. Does District 2 get a budget? There’s money there, but he spends it as he sees fit.”

Robinson said after the meeting that he planned to address the issue again soon.

“He’s been saying the same thing for years,” he said.

Later in the meeting, the board entered into executive session to discuss a legal matter. No action was taken when they reopened the meeting.

The supervisors also met Thursday to go over their docket of claims for August, which were approved.

Bishop told the supervisors at that meeting he’d been notified of a West Nile case in Lincoln County by nurse Lisa Jones with the state Department of Health. She advised the supervisors to refer to the website, healthyms.com for tips to reduce mosquito populations and to prevent contracting the virus.

“I’ll tell you the best thing, wear long sleeves,” Watts said. “Long sleeves will protect you better than anything that I know of. When you’re working, he can come up and bite you right quick, but if you’re wearing long sleeves, he’ll keep a’going.”

Watts also advised the supervisors to avoid “dead water” in ponds and creeks. Mosquitoes lay eggs on the surface of standing water.

Supervisors will meet Thursday at 9 a.m. to vote for the 2016-2017 budget. Their next regular meeting is Monday, Sept. 19 at 9 a.m.