Supervisors ponder helping Pleasant Plain
The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors considered providing up to 10 tons of rock for East Pleasant Plain Road Regional Utility Sewer Service project but all three supervisors voted down the proposal today.
Supervisor chairman Lee Dimmitt serves as Jefferson County’s representative on the RUSS board and he participated in a walk-through of the project in Pleasant Plain and East Pleasant Plain Friday.
“Where digging occurred, and [septic] tanks crushed, quite a bit of settling has taken place,” said Dimmitt. “In a couple of places where piping crossed alleys it’s made low spots. They understand we won’t pay for hauling the rock, which is estimated to be 5 to 10 tons needed. RUSS has no funds for contingency plans.”
Supervisor Dick Reed said he has a problem with Pleasant Plain being an incorporated town, while East Pleasant Plain is unincorporated and considered county maintenance.
“I can see helping the county; Pleasant Plain signed off on going to the RUSS program, I think the city should buy the rock,” said Reed.
Dimmitt said since Pleasant Plain entered the agreement with RUSS, RUSS should be responsible.
“I think it’s RUSS’s problem too, not Jefferson County’s problem,” said Reed. “I think RUSS has to figure out how to provide rock. If RUSS did any work in Fairfield, the county would not be providing rock after the project.”
Dimmitt said he agreed, but he expressed concern how it can be done.
“DNR will not allow any leverage on property owners. There’s no mechanisms to leverage payments,” said Dimmit. “If we deny this, we will have to be consistent in how we handle other communities.”
Reed reiterated he thought it would be OK to provide rock to unincorporated areas, such as East Pleasant Plain.
However, the resolution was worded to include Pleasant Plain and East Pleasant Plain and it was voted down.
In other road news, Reed brought a petition with about 150 signatures to the board, requesting 136th Street be dust-proofed.
“Many people travel on this road out to the church in Polishville for dancing each week,” said Reed. “They are asking for the road to be dust-proofed; of course, they’d prefer it to be hard-surfaced but don’t really expect that.
“I’m not sure we can even dust-proof it because we just don’t have the funds for that. But I told them I would bring the petition to the board and we’ll add the road to today’s road tour.”
Audience member Leisa Cline suggested the supervisors and (her husband) county engineer Scott Cline could calculate the costs to dust-proof and inform the petitioners, and maybe they could all cost-share to get the road dust-proofed.
Cline also reported today:
• Barricades along roads by the Skunk River were still in place Friday due to high water.
• Drilling on Brookville Road should begin this week. The Secondary Roads Department will pump underneath the road to raise it up to previous levels.
“There may be a few spots that we’ll have to patch on top after pumping underneath, but it will still make for a more solid, level road,” said Cline.
• He met with Melanie Carlson, engineer with French-Reneker Associates Inc. Friday at Grimes Avenue to discuss re-seeding with the contractor where work was done last year.
• Requested a one-step pay increase for Dillon Champ who has successfully completed his six-months new-hire probationary period. Supervisors approved the increase, 35-cents per hour, retroactive to Champ’s hiring anniversary, April 16.
Dimmitt heard from a resident at 1784 Carnation Blvd., who wants to re-shape his ditch and install a new culvert himself. Water currently does not enter the culvert, but instead runs across the owner’s yard.
Cline said he knew about the project from one of his employees.
Supervisor Becky Schmitz heard from a constituent about the bridge closed on the dirt portion of Umber Avenue and wanted to know how she could access her land.
Cline said the bridge closure had been in the works last summer before he took the county engineer job on July 1. A low-water crossing is scheduled in the next year’s work. Supervisors decided to add that to today’s road tour also.