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Road issues, school grants and prison discussed at county court

By: Rebecca Herman
Freelance Writer

The Johnson County Commission met this past Thursday, August 20, in the upper courtroom of the Johnson County Court House. The meeting began with prayer, the pledge to the American Flag, and roll call, all but one were in attendance. July minutes were approved and Mike Taylor heard from citizens who were in attendance before moving on to new business.
James Haynie addressed the commission about changing the name of J. Dowell Road to Haynie Lane. He had spoken to EMT personnel about the possible change and he was told that J. Dowell Road was not listed on their maps, and the road was still listed as Highway 421. Road Superintendent Darrell Reece told the commission that he had been to Haynie’s road and that the road ends at Haynie’s property, so he did not see a problem with changing the name to Haynie Lane. Reece said that the cost of changing the sign would be $75. The commission recommended Haynie cover the cost of the new sign. He agreed and the motion was passed.
Another road issue was addressed dealing with Arnold Town Road. One property owner on said road expressed concern over the amount of truck traffic on the newly paved road. He was concerned about the cost to the county and wondered why there was no accountability to the trucking company. According to Reece, the road is eight years old and has been paved several times, most recently six months ago, and there are already potholes beginning to form. Johnson County attorney Perry Stout asked for the property owner to get the name of the truck company so he can contact the company about these concerns.
A third road concern was brought up that dealt with speed limits. Two residents on Shupe Hollow Road spoke to the commission about safety concerns they have because many drivers use Shupe Hollow Road as a shortcut to pass slower drivers. The speed limit is posted as 35 miles per hour and the residents were requesting that speed to be lowered to 25. The two men had spoken to local police officers who patrol that area regularly, and were told that if the speed limit was lowered then police could charge offenders of the speed limit with reckless driving, which carries a steeper fine. Reece voiced that people are still going to speed and break other road sign laws, but he did not have a problem with the speed limit change. The motion was passed that the speed limit on Shupe Hollow Road would be changed from 35 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour. The commission then moved on to new business where they approved five notaries and renewed library board members.

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