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Lincoln County Board of Supervisors discuss road funding

The Board of Supervisors stressed the importance of county road funding to Sen. Jason Barrett Monday.

The board met for their regularly scheduled meeting, which included an appearance from Barrett.

This session will be Barrett’s first as senator for this district. He was elected this year after former Sen. Sally Doty resigned due to the governor appointing her staff director for the Mississippi Public Utilities Staff.

Barrett was elected earlier this fall after a runoff with Brookhaven banker Bill Sones.

“It’s an exciting time,” Barrett said. “I’ve been to a couple of educational hearings and I’ll get committee assignments this week.”

The board then stressed the importance of area road funding to Barrett. Their main concern was having someone in office in Jackson to represent Lincoln County.

County Administrator David Fields said Mississippi ranks number three in bridges and number five in roads for total miles maintained. In Lincoln County, there are more miles of road to fix with less funding.

Depending on the fund, much of the money procured from grants may not go to county roads, but rather city roads or highways, Williamson said.

Board president and District 4 Supervisor Eddie Brown stated that road projects take up the majority of the county’s budget.

“It eats us up,” Brown said. “We just can’t get the money.”

 

Story by Gracie Byrne