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Farnham to Texas Road residents: Stop stealing county road rock!
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (March 12, 2010) — Commissioners did little during a mostly quiet Thursday morning meeting other than hold closed session meetings on undisclosed subjects, but in some of the few public comments of the day, Eastern District Commissioner Bill Farnham said he wants to give a stern warning to people on Texas Road that piles of gravel placed for the road crews are to benefit the public, not private homeowners.

“Apparently one of the neighbors saw someone backing their pickup to our road piles. The sheriff’s dispatch called the road foreman and asked what he should do about it; the deputy told him to put it back, gave him a stern warning and said they’ll be back if it happens again,” Farnham said. “Those piles were put there for a reason: To fill potholes, not to fix people’s driveways with.”

According to sheriff’s department records, that stems from an incident shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday when a resident called to report that someone had backed a “big green Dodge truck” up to a lot on Texas Road between True and Twilight.

Dispatchers called Eastern District Foreman Stan Crismon, according to sheriff’s records, who told them that workers from the Pulaski County Road and Bridge Department “did put gravel there and it was put there for a reason.”

That reason, according to Farnham, is to make it easier for road crews to do repair work rather than having to haul gravel each time water washes out the road.

The person, a 26-year-old man with a New York address whose name is listed in sheriff’s department records but is not being identified since no charges have been filed, did agree to put the gravel back after receiving the warning from the sheriff’s deputy.

Crismon told dispatchers that “no charges will be filed if (the person with the pickup) puts the rocks back and doesn’t come back to that area again.”

Farnham said the pickup truck driver shouldn’t have gotten off so easily.

“Things would have been different if the sheriff’s dispatcher would have called me,” Farnham said.

In other business, county commissioners decided to decline an offer from the Meramec Regional Planning Commission to conduct a tire pickup this year after learning that under new rules, they’d have to accept used freezers and refrigerators as well as tires, and pay the cost to remove Freon from the equipment if it hasn’t been done already.

“So if they’re not willing to take just tires, we don’t want to do it?” asked Presiding Commissioner Don McCulloch.

Commissioners agreed, noting that they don’t have enough money to pay to remove the Freon.

That doesn’t mean people should throw old refrigerators into ditches or other illegal dumps, Farnham cautioned.

“(Cleanup organizers) named one of the local contractors who will take the Freon out of the refrigerators,” Farnham said.

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