This article did not make it into this weeks’ print edition due to space concerns.
BY BRIAN JONES
At their September 5 meeting, the Clay County Board of Selectmen discussed road maintenance and contracts for professional services and scheduled a public hearing on a newly minted RV park ordinance.
County Attorney Bob Marshall announced that the board would hold a public hearing before enacting the recently approved RV ordinance.
The announcement came after a 40-minute executive session to discuss potential litigation.
“We’ve had a lot of good input, and I know a lot of people have been here through a lot of this process,” he said. “But I think it’s in the best interests of all concerned that we hold a public hearing before this is adopted. Much of what we discussed and many of the changes came from the public, but we need to make sure we hear all the input from the general public. I’m recommending that we have a public hearing. We have to give 15 days notice, and our next regular meeting is September 26. I recommend we have the public hearing then to get final input.”
The public hearing was approved 5-0, with a motion from District 3 Supervisor RB Davis and a second from District 2 Supervisor Luke Lummus.
County Engineer Robert Calvert appeared to discuss road maintenance, along the way digressing into a complaint about lack of state funding.
“We are not getting enough money to maintain the roads that we’ve got paved,” he said. “There was an effort in committee (in the legislature) to try to get more money to maintain the roads. It doesn’t look like there’s going to be any more funding. It’s just tight wherever you try to get money.
“The state maintenance cycle runs on a cycle of 25-30 years,” he said. “That’s too long. The roads won’t hold that. The ones we build were build for 65,000 pounds weight limit, but the legislature passed legislation allowing 85,000-pound trucks to travel those roads in certain instances, which is most instances. Those roads weren’t built for that, and they’ve got a lot more other traffic now, too. Most people used to carpool, now just about every car is only one passenger.”
Calvert suggested the supervisors contact their legislators to ask for more money.
The board took no action.
Mike Sanders, who contracts to perform appraisals for the tax assessor’s office, submitted two proposals.
Previously the board asked Sanders to take a hard look at mobile homes throughout the county, because they suspected that there are many that are off the tax rolls. At the time Sanders suggested that, rather than doing all at once, he do a quarter at a time. Under current state law, counties re-appraise one quarter of their properties per year, and Sanders suggested trailers be folded into that process.
No decision was reached at that time, and Thursday Sanders submitted two proposals. The first had a total cost of $97,500 and would cover one-quarter of the county per year; the second was for $116,500 and would do all the trailers at one time. This time Sanders recommended doing it all at once.
“If you guys are going to adopt new rules for mobile homes, I think it’s best that you do it all at one time,” Sanders said. “We need to know what’s out there.”
Sanders said that 1,750 trailers have been assessed currently, but that a recent GIS study in conjunction with E-911 found 1,800.
The board unanimously voted to do the immediate update on a motion from District 1 Supervisor Lynn Horton and a second from Davis.