Potholes are like landmines
Elbert County resident Jerry Mosier stood before the Elbert County Board of Commissioners Monday night and requested road repairs for potholes on Corinth Church road.
“It’s not solely Corinth Church Road, it’s the road department in general,” Mosier told the commissioners.
“These things [potholes] are like landmines in the road,” he continued. “When you patch the road it eats out quickly … they are a danger because when you have to navigate through them or around them you put yourself in danger of putting yourself in oncoming traffic … if you don’t know the roads and you hit these roads, your car is damaged … it’s not safe, I’m asking you guys to consider this.”
Mosier also requested that a guardrail be put up at the end of Parham Road on Highway 172. Mosier lost his daughter, Julie Ann Mosier, in a tragic accident in July earlier this year after her car went through the intersection and into a pond.
Mosier says that since the accident the people who live at that intersection have been begging the road department and the DOT (Department of Transportation) to put up a guardrail.
“The impact did not kill her,” Mosier told the commissioners. “She drown.”
“A 16-foot guardrail cost $564 and it would have saved my daughters life … I ask you guys, please, spend the money and put up a guardrail so nobody ever has to bury their child again.”
“Corinth Church Road is one of the first roads to be paved,” Board of Commissioners Chairman Tommy Lyon told Mosier.
“It’s supposed to be done in the spring … last year we were going to pave just a one-mile stretch but Bob and I talked about it and it got so late in the year, the weather was going to hit us so we decided to wait until next year and do the whole length from Highway 172 all the way up to Dove Drake Road … all that will be done,” said District 4 Commissioner Kenneth Ashworth.
“It cost you roughly $100,000 to $120,000 to pave one mile,” said Lyon. “We get from the state government around $600,000 to $650,000 a year to pave roads. We have to put up a 30 percent match on that. That’s approximately eight miles a year.”
Lyon reiterated the importance of the need for a T-SPLOST, a one-percent sales tax referendum to fund transportation projects and road repairs.
Lyon added that with a T-SPLOST, the county could pave 18 to 20 miles a year.
Voters will have the opportunity to vote for a T-SPLOST referendum coming up next March.
The commissioners also discussed the requirement for individuals and privates haulers taking trash and multiple solid waste to the county transfer station site to tarp or strap down waste to avoid trash from coming off vehicles while transporting the waste.
According to County Attorney Bill Daughtry, the policy is in accordance with state law, as well as local ordinance.
“If you drive up without being tarped or strapped down, then you are fined right then,” said District 2 Commissioner Lee Vaughn.
The county is going to look into getting a camera system that will take photos at the transfer site of vehicles and license plates to issue tickets for those who are not in compliance.
Monday night’s meeting was the last regular meeting of 2018 and Chairman Lyon’s last meeting to preside over. Chairman Lyon will be succeeded by Commissioner Lee Vaughn in 2019.
“The legacy I’d like to leave is that everyone who came before this board was treated with respect,” Lyon announced at the end of Monday’s meeting.
A reception will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Elbert County Government Complex cafeteria honoring Lyon’s twelve years of service as Commission Chairman.