Hardin County Commissioners Take Control of Slick Roads
HARDIN COUNTY -- One Hardin County leader says a lack of planning is to blame for nearly impassable rural roads, six days after a winter storm.
"The worst of it is on our gravels," said County Commissioner Mike Burton. "You can't drop a blade on gravel and peal the ice."
County roads throughout Hardin County are treacherous. With hills and sharp curves, the ice is even more dangerous. Burton feels by now there should be more clearing.
"It takes resources such as salt, and there was no salt that was ever placed on order, so we had no salt," explained Burton. "We had limited cinders."
Besides a lack of salt and cinders, the county is also short on equipment, such as trucks with plows.
"We have two, sometimes one and a half," said Burton. "We have to rotate out our equipment and work on our equipment."
Nearly all of the county's limited cinder stock pile has been spread on roadways. That was a decision made by two county commissioners after they felt needs were not being met.
"Engineering department, that will need to be talked about at the meetings and discussed in-depth," explained Burton. "I don't mind saying that I'm not satisfied at all, and the engineer will know it and the other commissioners will know it."
When the two county commissioners took control, they started with the well-traveled blacktop roads and are now moving to more rural roads. Burton is thankful that at least the people of Hardin County were prepared.
"A lot of people, at least some of them, have grown accustomed to dealing with bad weather, such as having four-wheel drives and tractors with blades and such to kind of help their self," said Burton.
County Engineer Danny Lowry was out of the county Thursday at a meeting. When contacted by phone, he said the commissioners had no authority to take over the engineering department. Lowry added that because of the interference, the county's limited resources are now even smaller.
The problems are expected to be discussed at Thursday night's county board meeting.
Wind: 12 MPH
Humidity: 52 %