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County roads at top of the agenda for commissioners

Road Superintendent Tony Jennings came before the Johnson County commission for approval of the 2012 road list. There were only a few slight changes to the list, with no planning commission approved roads and Divide Road as the only official addition. Although turned over to the county with the completion of the new Highway 91 bypass, Divide Road could not be added until this year due to late notification.
Also listed were the names of various county roads that had been recently resurfaced. Chairman Freddy Phipps requested that Jennings read the names of these roads and what type of resurfacing that was done on them to give the commission and the audience a better idea of the all the work the road department has been doing around the county.
Jennings was also called back up to discuss another item on the agenda involving the county’s road commission. Jennings came to last months meeting to discuss dissolving the road commission, following the death of one of its members. Since the primary duty of the road commission was right of way acquisition, which is no longer actively pursued by the county, Jennings felt that there was little need for the commission to continue. County attorney Bill Cockett revealed that the commission had been officially created by a private act in the late 1940s. To repeal this act would require legislation from the state, who doesn’t normally like to act on such affairs without the support of the county involved. As a result a motion was made to request that the state to repeal Johnson County’s private act creating the road commission, and passed unanimously.
A group of concerned citizens from the Crackers Neck community, lead by Ms. Sandy Cranford, requested something be done about damage to several county roads as a result of an extensive logging operation on Stone Mountain. Residents of Stout Branch, Arnold Town Road, and Sandy Road among others have noticed the deteriorating affect of the 80,000 lb logging trucks on their road’s surface.

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