PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 6, 2010) — County commissioners received another objection to the condition of Texas Road, which runs east out of a St. Robert street known as Eastlawn down through a dry creekbed and then meets Highway Z, at their Monday morning meeting.
Resident Art Lambert said the road condition has gotten so bad that he’s joked about sending the county a bill for road repair.
Presiding Commissioner Don McCulloch agreed.
“That is the worst road I’ve ever been on in my life; it’s the road from hell,” McCulloch said. “Two cars cannot even pass on it; it’s dangerous.”
Fixing the problem is harder than identifying it, however.
McCulloch said there’s nothing that can be done without major expense to acquire property because people have built structures on their property next to the road. Lambert asked if there are road rights-of-way specifying that the county owns property a certain specified number of feet from the centerline of the road; McCulloch said Texas Road is so old that it probably predated any formal dedication procedure to the county.
Lambert said he’s especially concerned about young children who are in the road waiting for the school buses.
“It scares my wife; the kids congregate in the middle of the road and there’s no place to go anyway,” Lambert said. “I drive down the road 12 mph and a lot of people are starting to do that, but a lot of others are just, ‘whee…’”
“You need to get a hold of the school department of transportation and tell them you point of view,” McCulloch said.
Eastern District Commissioner Bill Farnham said the only long-term solution to the roads on his side of the county will likely be a special road tax approved by voters to fix their own roads; Lambert said he’d be willing to campaign for a special tax. Commissioners said they may be in contact with Lambert after finishing the budget which will consume much of their time for the first few weeks of next year.
McCulloch had some advice for his successor, Gene Newkirk, who has been attending county commission meetings recently. Newkirk plans to resign from the St. Robert City Council tonight due to his election to the county’s presiding commissioner post. St. Robert Mayor George Sanders has decided to appoint Gene Newkirk’s wife Sylvia Newkirk to her husband’s position.
“Once you’re sworn into office, you’ll probably never be on Texas Road again without an armed guard,” McCulloch told Newkirk.
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