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Commissioners inspect road of man who threatened sewer district shooting

PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 16, 2010) — County Commissioner Bill Farnham reported Thursday that he and Sewer Board Chairman Gary Porter visited the road of a sewer district customer who sewer district employees are asking be barred from their office due to shooting threats.

Al Ellis came to Monday morning’s county commission meeting reporting that a manhole on Heart Drive, a private road leading into a trailer court, is high enough off the road that he can no longer get his vehicle to his house.

“It is definitely a private road, it is not a country road, and the problem Mr. Ellis is referring to is the metal is, I’d say, 18 inches above ground. However there is enough room to drive a vehicle through the area if you’re cognizant of what you are doing,” Farnham said.

“Is there a certain reason to have a riser that high?” asked Presiding Commissioner Don McCulloch. “If you take the road out of the equation because it is private, it looks like a sewer district issue.”

Farnham agreed that it’s not a county commission issue and said he’s not allowed by state law to spend public tax dollars on private property problems.

“The person who owns that road needs to put some gravel in; there’s some there that could probably be moved over with a backhoe,” Farnham said. “You can see it’s been washed out.”

County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer asked for details of what happened. Farnham said the problem is due to water runoff; the manhole was installed correctly but the road itself is now lower than it was when the manhole was installed.

“Okay, so you’re saying it was at ground level and it’s worn away,” Linnenbringer said.

“It just needs to be graded out by somebody and some gravel be put in to solve it,” Farnham said.

McCulloch said the problem might be solved easier by cooperation than by the courts.

“I would think the sewer district would want to take care of it; it would look like some kid could be driving and hit it,” McCulloch said. “I’m sure legally they’re okay, but it’s not good.”

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