Warmer weather has arrived at last and we have received some much-needed rain. While Fall is my favorite season, I must confess that Spring is a close second.
A few items of interest that the Commission has been working on are below.
• Today was the first day of filing for the upcoming August primary election. Activity was brisk this morning and it looks like we will have a number of contested races for various County offices. I was the fourth person in line and will be making a bid for a 3rd term. This decision was not made lightly, and as long as I can continue to devote the time and energy to the position, I owe it to the people of Lincoln County to finish the things I have started.
• I recently was asked to speak to a men’s group at a local church about County government and the workings of the Commission form of government. For a youngster that was afraid of his own shadow, I honestly enjoy the opportunity to speak in front of crowds. If you belong to an organization that is interested in a speaker for a meeting, get in touch with me. These events have a twofold benefit: I get to hear directly from folks regarding the issues that are important to them and I am able to explain some things about government that are often misunderstood.
• Speaking of misunderstood issues, I often field questions about road issues on city streets and state highways. There are four distinct groups of roads, each with a specific group responsible for the maintenance: state, county, city/village, or private. State roads are lettered or numbered, such as 61, AA, etc. County roads are located outside of municipal limits and marked by a green sign with a road name and number, such as #645 McIntosh Hill. City/village roads lie within municipal limits, such as Main St. in Troy. The remaining roads in both the County and municipalities, often marked by a blue sign, are maintained by private parties. If you have a road concern, hopefully this information will help point you in the right direction to the proper party. As is the case with everything, I am happy to answer any questions that you may have.
That’s all I have time for now. As always, call, e-mail or stop by the Courthouse if you have questions. Until next week…