The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors heard from Road Manager Victor Collins at its meeting Monday regarding his staff’s progress on road improvements.
Collins updated the board on the first of a four-year plan to build, reclaim and pave some 66 miles of county roads. This year, Collins said, his crews are on track to meet the goal of paving 1.3 miles of New Light Road and 2.4 miles of Wade Road; building 8.1 miles on Brown Harris, Pat Station, Reform and Wade Roads; and reclaiming 1 mile of Morgantown Road, 1 mile of Pleasant Ridge Road and 2 miles of Williams Road.
Collins said paving machinery was ordered earlier this summer. The machinery is currently being built and should arrive by the time his crews are done building and fixing deteriorating road areas and are ready to pave, he said.
“We’ll start paving in September and we’ll do everything that’s on our agenda to be paved at that time,” Collins said. “We’re down on Harris Road working … on getting it built up and they’ve got a really good start on it. Our construction and grubbing (staff is) also on Harris Road. They’re about 80 percent complete. We’re hoping to get everything in line where they can move back to Pat Station Road. I think we’ve got the ball rolling about like we want it. If everything goes well we’ll be on Pat Station and we hope to move on from there.”
In other business, supervisors voted unanimously to increase fencing costs per Collins’ request. The county previously charged $1.50 per linear foot for four-strand and five-strand fencing. The board’s action Monday raised five-strand fencing to $1.75 per linear foot.
The board also heard a tax assessment report from Terry English representing Southwire, a local manufacturer of wire and cable.