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5/26/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letters: Just drop the blade

I live on Blake Ranch Road and there is a section, 1.5 miles, between where the school bus stops and a gas company water well.

Every month the county grader grades these two locations and while driving in between them never drops his blade to grade the middle. I talked to Supervisor Gary Watson and he said the county doesn't have the budget even though it is a county road.

What harm would it be to drop his blade while making the drive he already makes?

Jim Harrison

Kingman


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Parker

“Logic dictates that if the grader is there, it doesn't cost more than a little fuel or time to grade the center of the road.”

So you admit it would cost more – and tell us how long it would take (drivers pay) and how much fuel it would take. Thank you for agreeing with me.

”Simply transfer money from the General Fund Assistance grants or one of the many useless or duplicative social service programs.(Mohave County Budget)”

Better idea, bill the whiners along the road for the additional time and fuel to grade the center of the roadway.


Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Justsilly, Sr

“….the county grades our roads too, and they are NO smoother after he grades them,…”

Well, looks as if it is time for the BOS to shut down the grading of all dirt roads, because it’s obvious you don’t like it. Think of the money we’d save?

“OH and A nephew, my taxes are the same as yours, yet you probably have paved roads, and police patrol. so I'd suggest you hush!”

Nope, not going to hush – And yes, I live on a paved road and have police protection – and I love both, and appreciate both as well.


Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: mr. parker

Logic dictates that if the grader is there, it doesn't cost more than a little fuel or time to grade the center of the road.

Simply transfer money from the General Fund Assistance grants or one of the many useless or duplicative social service programs.(Mohave County Budget)

Taking care of the county roads is a county responsibility. Otherwise, just let a private contractor do it right and bill the county out of the road maintenance funds.


Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: I Too Pay County Taxes and Don't Want Them Wasted for 5 Cars

Jim, perhaps you'd like to tally how many vehicles use Blake Ranch Road. If you can show that a county road with equal or lower use is bladed, then you have every right to demand likewise.

Otherwise, please understand Gary's position in correctly representing the county.


Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: How A About

We all KNOW that the "road crews" all complain about "we don't make enough money" they get paid more than enough for the quality of "work" they claim to do !! It's been OVER 3 years ago "the crew" member driving the water truck broke thru the street and left large holes in streets in So-Hi an we are STILL waiting for them to return to repair what they damaged. It takes 6 guys to do the work of 1 pvt. company employee.

Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: Just Wondering

Does this stretch of road run in front of your house?

Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: L J

Not surprised by Watson's comment after all he voted to use hurf funds to construct a new public works building instead of repairing & maintaining county roads although legal it showed a complete lack of responsibility toward the people he claims to represent. When Watson represented
Our district he also turned a deaf ear regarding our concerns and it appears Joy Botherton is following in the same foot steps. I recall a trailer park in Havasu getting roads paved with county funds why was this put under the rug? Yes, Anson's Nephew I'am " whining" and will continue to do so until we get the services from the county that we all pay for and hold our elected officals accountable.


Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: You Relied on Gary Watson??? HA HA HA HA!!!!

Talking to Gary Watson about anything is a complete joke. He will either flap his gums without intent to make you happy, or he makes up a BS story like the one he told you.

I'd ask him how the County plans to maintain the road he, Gary Watson, just asked the Board to accept at the Industrial Park. Those are paved roads. I'm sure it will take a lot of resources to keep those roads up.

You see, your problem is that you don't have anything to offer Gary Watson. If you did, he'd surely oblige you. I'm not saying that's right. It is what it is. Your hand will get greased if you have the right name or the right influence to help him. By the way, those two things comes with money.

Think about that the next time you vote. Voting him in for a second term is the biggest mistake Kingman has made.


Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

the county grades our roads too, and they are NO smoother after he grades them, they are equivalent to the test track at the proving grounds!!! and people seem to think 60 mph on these roads is ok,
OH and A nephew, my taxes are the same as yours, yet you probably have paved roads, and police patrol.
so I'd suggest you hush!


Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013
Article comment by: Steven Robinson

WELL SAID, Jim Harrison!! The County states that "well nobody applied for that section of the road to be included."

Well that's baloney, because as we well know from the current and former Public Works Directors, as well as Attorney Ekstrom the County COULD choose to include those roads into the system! They simply choose NOT to because, apparently they DON'T want to do the extra work or be responsible for bringing it up to standard!!


Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Let's see - the driver goes one direction to grade one side of the road, then turns around and goes back to grade the opposite side. Now logic (I know) would dictate that to grade the center of the road would require him going back a third time and then having to return to the point of origin.

Now perhaps if the residents along the road are so concerned they would be willing to kick in some additional funds to cover the expense of the additional two trips along the same roadway? Oh, wait, no one in this county ever wants to pay for anything - they simply want to whine about it.




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