Lincoln County Board talks roads, finances

Published 3:00 pm Monday, June 6, 2022

The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors heard that several Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund (ERBR) road projects throughout the county are humming along nicely.

County Engineer Ryan Holmes told the board that regrassing Maple Lane was continuing, as was the project on Mt. Olive, where gravel hauling had to be halted due to the rain, but should wrap up work this week.

Holmes said the county received the last right-of-way for the work on Brignall Road and work continues on Pleasant Ridge Road and the Johnson Grove Drainage Improvement Project. Holmes added that the plans were at about 50 percent for the Auburn Road project, but the project to fix the roof on the courthouse and the jail would have to wait until August, when supplies are scheduled to arrive finally.

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Holmes said work on the AITX Rail Spur has started and would take the next four to six months to complete. He also said his office was nearly ready to submit plans for the Old Highway 51 project and that he expects to hear from MDOT by the end of the month on American Rescue Plan Act projects.

The board approved two private cemetery projects on family lands in the county. One is called the Buie Family Cemetery, while the other is the Soleil Coucher Cemetery. Each family had submitted the proper petitions for designation and the board approved the two during the June 6 board meeting.

In other news, the board approved the meal count sheets for Week 34, the inventory control sheets and the transfer of funds from the General Fund to CDBG AITX Rail Spur Fund.

The board also approved the resignation of Dwayne Gill of the Lincoln County Veteran Service Office, though County Administrator Daniel Calcote said Gill had agreed to stay on until an appropriate replacement could be hired.

“This is a difficult position to hire for as [the candidate] would need to be a veteran, and it is only a part-time position,” Calcote told the Daily Leader later. “The VSO works with veterans in our community to help them with VA benefits and other matters.”