Purdy Road District struggles to stretch dollars

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New potholes challenge available funds

Purdy Special Road District commissioners faced property owners in September who wanted more roadwork done, though funds offer little opportunity for additional projects.

Three individuals came before commissioners to talk abut Farm Road 2090, west of Farm Road 1065, where potholes had grown to an unmanageable level.

"We'll do what we can to fix the road," said Rick Scott, president of the commissioners. "I'm not going to say you're going to get asphalt on it. I'm not going to make promises we can't keep. We'll keep it passable. If it gets rough, call the foreman. We'll try to fix it. We're doing all we can do now. We've got enough money left to maybe get through the winter."

Cold mix at $95 a ton was not holding in erosion-prone spots like Farm Road 2090. James Fuller, the districtís foreman, said there were places where some roads had washed out eight-foot deep.

By the end of June, the road district had finally finished repairs to three miles of Farm Road 2070 and about a mile and a half on Farm Road 1120, damaged in flooding from 2015. Fuller reported the district had prepared the road three times for chip and seal resurfacing, only to have the prep work washed out before the resurfacing finished.

The district received $65,044.05 from FEMA as the 75 percent portion of that project.

In April and May, the district enduring more flooding which washed out sections around three culverts. Repairs were made to those in August. While no exit meeting with FEMA has yet been held on those repairs, FEMA asked for an estimate on costs eligible for reimbursement.

Helen Roller, board secretary, reported the district projected reimbursement of $7,345.35 from FEMA. However, she noted that due to damage from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, FEMA had frozen its funds until further notice.

Scott was optimistic but cautious in the interim.

"We'll deal with it as it comes," he said.

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