Purdy road district anticipating lighter year

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

District avoids flooding after incidents every two years

Purdy Special Road District commissioners plan approximately three miles of chip and seal resurfacing as part of its summer road projects, with an eye on four additional miles if funds stretch that far.

According to James Fuller, employee for the district, crews have spent weeks patching potholes. The only advantage to the proliferation of potholes, Fuller said, was that many were deep enough to actually hold the patch.

The schedule of work for the 2019 season was all chip and seal. Commissioners planned to finish double chip and seal on three-eighths of Farm Road 1087, known as Sewer Line Road, in May. Immediate plans targeted a mile of Farm Road 2057, the intersection of Farm Roads 2090 and 1095, which holds water and has a gas line running through it, plus about three-eighths of a mile on the head of Sewer Line Road and Rabbit Road. Commissioners talked about adding some hot mix on the north end of the road to help level it.

It was noted Farm Road 1075 needs a bigger culvert. Both the culvert and the road need to be raised higher, then followed by chip and seal after the installation has settled.

Board Chairman Rick Scott expressed doubts about how much further the districtís month for the year would go. On the list for subsequent projects was chip and sealing more than two miles of Farm Road 1095, and having asphalt laid more than two miles of Farm Road 2090.

District secretary Helen Roller reported a representative from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) met with Fuller and should provide the district with an additional $6,000 to cover repairs from the 2015 flooding. SEMA had exhausted funding from the hurricane damage, causing a delay in the districtís work, after which more storms exacerbated the damage. Repairs from 2017 flooding had been made and reimbursed, she said.

No flooding hit the district with flooding through June.

Commissioners billed Vaught Tree Service $1,990 for damage done to a road during a job for Ozark Electric, after the commissioners agreed to waive $475 for grooming and removal costs. Scott said he had also discussed with property owner Norma Terry about having three trees removed that were in damage of falling, one that would fall into the districtís right-of-way.

Road district commissioners will hold their monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on July 9 at the district barn, 200 S. Ninth St. in Purdy.

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