Supervisors: St. Paul Drive residents address roads

Published 6:00 pm Saturday, August 20, 2022

Several residents who live on St. Paul attended the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday to see where things stand on getting their road repaired.

Mattie Williams, Linda Kay Rancifer, Alma Pittman, Mary Ann Johnson and Susie Smith were joined by the Rev. Ken Brent of St. Paul on the River Church to further discuss their dismay at the condition of the road.

“It’s been a month [since we were last here asking about this], so we wanted to know what y’all were going to do about St. Paul Road,” Williams said. “[Additionally,] I have limbs having over my head and my mailbox. We need something done.”

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The visitors to the board each talked about the gravel overlay causing even worse problems with the decaying road.

Brent said he was used to the original gravel, but when it was then made with asphalt, he was thankful. However, once it began to crack and decay, no patching would help. But now, the road is tough for all of them because of its broken asphalt and holes, causing such rough driving.

“I want to make sure this road stays on your radar,” he said. “I’ve never seen it this bad in the 17 years I have been pastoring that church.”

The road is located in District 5, and its supervisor, Doug Falvey, told the group that yes, the road is high on his list, but without the money to work on it properly, he is attempting to use gravel to keep the roughness to a minimum.

District 1’s Jerry Wilson suggested to the visitors to attend the next meeting that legislators attend so that they may tell directly how the lack of money for roads is impacting Mississippi citizens.

Also during the Monday meeting County Engineer Ryan Holmes gave updates on several road projects throughout the county, including work on Maple Lane, Brignall Road and Auburn Road, where work continues. He also said that materials necessary to repair the courthouse and civil defense roof had been delivered and work will commence shortly.

In other news, the board discussed the following:

• Bids on District 1’s two surplus vehicles, which Jerry Wilson rejected, saying he was having trouble currently with his own truck

• Approved travel request for Justice Court Clerk Sharon Lofton to attend an annual convention in Natchez Sept. 7-9

• Approved cash request No. 4 and payment of related invoices for the AITX Railspur Project, as well as approved a 10 a.m., Sept. 9, public meeting for a hearing on the status of the project

• Approved accepting the administrator’s fiscal budget for FY 2023, which will be approved at the next meeting after a questioning session

• Approved inventory control sheets

• Approved a $160 payment, good for 10 years, for one radio license, mainly used for weather information and the hospital