Friday, October 31, 2014

Residents’ stewardship of road inspires ‘good faith’ county deal

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 6/9/2014

In good faith to county residents who took it upon themselves to maintain a county road, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution last week to vacate a minimum maintenance road in the southeast portion of the county.

Jim Haag, public works director, said the owner of the land off Utah Road, south of Ellis Terrace, had removed trees to make the road passable, which would have been the responsibility of the county if residents had asked the board to address the issue. The owners of the land asked the county instead to lay down gravel on the road. Haag said the maintenance would cover about 530 feet and cost the county about $625.

In good faith to county residents who took it upon themselves to maintain a county road, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution last week to vacate a minimum maintenance road in the southeast portion of the county.

Jim Haag, public works director, said the owner of the land off Utah Road, south of Ellis Terrace, had removed trees to make the road passable, which would have been the responsibility of the county if residents had asked the board to address the issue. The owners of the land asked the county instead to lay down gravel on the road. Haag said the maintenance would cover about 530 feet and cost the county about $625.

Lisa Johnson, county administrator, said the resolution would require the county to lay down the gravel but also would vacate the road to the owner, removing the land maintenance from the county’s responsibility.

Colton Waymire, board member, said it was in good faith to lay down the gravel to compensate for the work the landowners already had completed.

“They did a lot of work to make it passable, which is where if they asked us we would have had to do it anyway,” Waymire said. “In good faith we could put a couple hundred dollars of rock on it and turn it over to them.”

The board had previously approved a public hearing during the meeting, but no county residents attended the meeting to comment.

To begin several road and pavement maintenance projects, the board also approved a resolution to send out requests for contract bids. The projects the board will request bids for include the 2014 chip and seal project and the 2014 painted pavement marking project, as well as repair distressed pavement areas resulting from the drought.

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