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  • County hears complaints on 610th St.

  • Around a dozen residents of 610th Street, including several youngsters, took the Crawford County Commission to task Friday about the poor condition of their road.



    One of them, Jared Pile, came to the commission meeting Sept. 11 to talk about the road, which was milled in July and is now rocky and dusty.

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  • Around a dozen residents of 610th Street, including several youngsters, took the Crawford County Commission to task Friday about the poor condition of their road.
    One of them, Jared Pile, came to the commission meeting Sept. 11 to talk about the road, which was milled in July and is now rocky and dusty.
    “The last time I was here I took information back to the residents,” Pile said. “It didn’t sit well, and they wanted more information.”
    Mark Denton, formerly of Fort Scott, recently moved to 610th Street with his fiancee. He works in Fort Scott and she is employed in Pittsburg.
    “We have six active children and one of our qualifications was to find a house with a paved road where the kids can ride their bikes,” he said. “I have a bike I like to ride.”
    Denton had a copy of a letter, dated Aug. 1, 2011, which laid out plans to repair the road.
    “I would like some explanation,” he said. “This road could have been patched. I ride around the county and see roads being patched. There was some determination to grind up that road, put in rock and there we sit.”
    Commissioner Linda Grilz said that when she wrote the 2011 letter, it was to communicate what the intention was, which  was to mill the road last fall and let it set over the winter.
    “The road was milled in July, then cracks began appearing because of the drought and there were places where the roads dropped,” she said. “This was a safety hazard and the road crews were diverted to take care of that.”
    Pile said that the condition of 610th Street is also a safety hazard. He described an incident when he was out jogging and his son was riding a bike when a vehicle speeding down the dusty road missed them by inches.
    “What’s my kid laying there bleeding worth to you guys?” Pile asked.
    Commissioner Bob Kmiec said that the road wasn’t repaired last year because of insufficient funds.
    “This year it’s a time factor,” Kmiec said.
    “If you want a hard surface road, it’s too late in the year,” added commissioner Carl Wood. “The road moves all the time and we try to stabilize it.”
    Grilz explained that, after the road sets during the winter and soft spots are fixed, then it will be time to  put on around six inches of pug rock/
    “It’s packed down hard, kept wet and dries from the bottom up,” she said. “When it’s dry it’s almost like concrete. Then you can put the chip and seal on top of that. But if the temperatures are too cool, the road will not set up properly. They say that typically you shouldn’t put chip and seal on before June 15.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Kmiec said it could be done a little earlier, if spring 2013 is very warm.
    Grillz said that she could put more rock and dust control on the road to make conditions better.
    Residents were also concerned about the heavy traffic on 610th Street.
    “We have children walking to school and there are teenage kids that fly down that road,” said Cindy Burdick. “Do you have ideas on how we can police the road? Can you put out speed signs?”
    Wood said that speed signs could be put at each end of the road, along with “Children Playing” signs. He and Kmiec also suggested contacting the Crawford County Sheriff’’s Department about having extra patrols in the area, especially at times when children were walking to or from school.
    Denton asked commissioners to put into writing their commitment to repair the road in 2013, and also questioned whether it would make a difference that Grilz, commissioner for District One where the road is located, will be leaving the commission in January.
    “I’m sticking my neck out and saying that you’ll get your road,” Wood said. “I hope you would take this as a gentleman’s word, because one thing I do not do is lie.”
    In other business, commissioners scheduled a work session with county funeral directors for 9 a.m. Sept. 25 to discuss the issue of indigent burials.
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