Accepting existing non-maintained roads by the county drew a lot of debate at the Gadsden County commission meeting last month.
At issue was a request by Commissioner Sherrie Taylor that the county look into accepting existing private non-maintained roads into being roads maintained by the Public Works Department.
The agenda request stated that the majority of existing non-maintained roads are unpaved at this time and do not have dedicated rights-of-way. There will need to be a methodology established in order to accept these roads into the county road system.
The request stated the following about the roads:
• Citizens or commissioners to identify roads that they are interested in becoming county maintained roads.
• Obtain 100 percent of citizens on proposed road to agree to dedicate their portion of the determined right-of-way for road surface.
• Citizens agree to pay for 100 percent of costs of survey and deed recording.
In addition, it stated there may be legal and statutory procedures that will need to be followed that are not discussed in the items presented.
When asked how the county would deal with these roads, County Administrator Robert Presnell said they would go into the current dirt road maintenance routine.
Commissioner Sherrie Taylor said that these roads were about safety issues for citizens. She also mentioned the county consider a bond for paving these roads.
When asked, the current road bond is for four more years.
The county, Commissioner Brenda Holt said, had a process where the county pays 1/3 and each adjoining property owner pays 1/3.
She wanted the issue workshopped to determine what roads might be available and what the county could do.
Commissioner Doug Croley said there were issues about using public equipment on private property that needed to be considered.
He mentioned the current process that Holt had mentioned as an alternative.
Commissioner Gene Morgan had concerns about the added expense of more dirt roads to maintain.
In response, Presnell said there would be some.
The commission approved staff to investigate legal requirements necessary for implementation.