Grimes County Commissioners have begun the difficult task of crafting a policy for residents who want their roads paved so much, they are willing to donate towards it.
During this week’s initial workshop on the matter, Road and Bridge Engineer Bob Cochran proposed setting a paving minimum of a half a linear mile.
Another problem, he told the court, will be dealing with utilities.
“I’m having a hard time getting some of the utilities relocated on one of our current project,” Cochran continues, “and I don’t want the county to be held responsible for a timeline they do not control.”
And, as Precinct Four Commissioner Pam Finke told Cochran, there are some folks who actually prefer dirt roads to paved because they think people drive to fast on them as is.
The ongoing difficulty, Cochran explained, is having to continually balance his barely five million dollar a year road and bridge budget among grimes county’s more than 600 miles of road.