• Last modified 218 days ago (Dec. 7, 2023)


Weather wreaks havoc on county roads

Staff writer

Heavy snow Nov. 25 and fog and rain Saturday spelled trouble for people driving county roads and long days for road and bridge department employees.

Road and Bridge supervisor Steve Hudson told county commissioners Monday that more than 50 requests for road work in all areas of the county already had come in by noon Monday.

“They are coming in by the hour,” Hudson said. “I’m prioritizing. We just ask people to be patient with us. We’re going to get there.”

Hudson said he had reached out to transportation directors for county school districts so roads school buses use could be tended to first.

“With 14 inches of snow and then the rain, it’s just going to take some time to heal up,” Hudson told commissioners.

Streets and roadways were wet Monday as snow continued to melt where it was piled up when streets and parking lots were cleared. Water seeped away from the piles as temperatures rebounded back to the 40s and 50s.

Hudson said the amount of snowfall Nov. 25 caught the road department by surprise.

In other business at Monday’s county commission meeting, emergency management director Marcy Hostetler told commissioners she had been received a $24,420 grant to reimburses the county for part of her salary.

Hostetler also said she had money in her budget to buy 24 chairs and four tables for an office building at 1240 Commercial St. in Marion, former home of a beauty salon that soon will serve emergency management, road and bridges, and planning and zoning departments.

Last modified Dec. 7, 2023