By Kevin Edwards
BC Staff Writer
Bolivar County Supervisor Jacorius Liner asked Road Manager James Pritchett to be more specific on his road reports.
“(The report) tells me the roads that have been worked on but that’s about all it tells me,” Liner said Monday at the supervisors’ meeting. “I know that oftentimes the men at the road department start on these jobs but they don’t finish these jobs and then they go to other jobs and then they never go back to the job that they originally started and of course it’s never finished and then if the rain happens to come, the work that they did do on the job is totally lost.
“What I’m trying to do is make sure there’s a streamline level of accountability in terms of what I am disseminating to the public as it pertains to roads being done, what’s being completed, because oftentimes I’ve been told the roads have been done and they have been done but only a quarter of the road has been done,” said Liner.
“I just want to make sure that I’m not giving misinformation as to whether or not a job has been completed and if a status report is attached to this as we attempt to overhaul our process I think it will help me,” he said.
Pritchett said the same road can remain on the report because of multiple jobs and his department usually gets last-minute requests to do repairs on a road once again.
Supervisor James McBride told Liner there was a version of the report more specific and that the current one just happened to be more general.
After asking Pritchett about a road repair request from Renova, McBride reminded town requests for repairs must come formally.
“One thing I want to impress upon our citizens is that we cannot perform work inside a municipality if we don’t receive your minutes,” McBride said. “The board acts through its minutes. Please be aware of that.”
Supervisors Larry King and Olanda Morton expressed concern about litter and trash being thrown in storm drains and ditches.
“There is a huge problem,” King said. “It’s been a problem for a while, but it’s becoming more of a problem. I think our citizens need to understand that we need to take more pride in our community. For instance, Mr. Morton speaks of the dumping sites in his community. I have the same problem as all of us do. It’s just becoming more of a problem.
“We just want to say to our citizens, let’s take a little bit more pride in our community, our roads.”
Morton asked Pritchett to work with Sheriff Kelvin Williams Sr. to come up with a plan of action.
“I know where they have fines for littering, and I guess it needs to be enforced because nobody is caring about the littering because I guess they’re not getting fined,” Morton said. “We need to come up with a plan where if we have to get cameras out there or something. We need to get that under control.”
“We have wrestled with that I believe the last five years and we have put meetings together, met with the appropriate people, judges, law enforcement, community leaders, this board,” said McBride.
“Until somebody has been charged and have to face it, we’re fighting a losing battle and it’s getting worse and it’s constantly getting worse coming into the municipalities.”