Board of Supervisors explores options for road, bridge funding

Published 12:13 pm Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors Tuesday started the new year the same way they ended the old one — discussing road conditions and the lack of money to fix them.

That will continue to be the topic of conversation at a transportation meeting Jan. 9 at 9 a.m. in the boardroom, said County Engineer Ryan Holmes.

All five of the supervisors said they don’t want to raise ad valorem taxes, which would put the burden on the property owners to fix the roads.

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Holmes said supervisors are looking at other sources of revenues, which will be discussed at the meeting.

Holmes said the county plans to complete some resurfacing projects and do some bridge repair. “We’re doing a big push for transportation and funding,” he said.

In other business:

• The employment of workers at each supervisor’s county barn was renewed for the year. Holmes was also renewed as county engineer, while David Fields will remain as county administrator.

• District 2 Supervisor Bobby Watts was re-elected president of the board, and District 5 Supervisor Doug Falvey will remain as vice president.

• Supervisors discussed ways to enforce an ordinance that would curtail some of the vandalism that’s being done on roads and bridges and the theft of road signs.

• Supervisors entered executive session for nearly an hour to discuss personnel matters. No action was taken when they came out of the closed-door session.