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June 12, 2013

Road projects discussed


Knoxville —

"The $518,000 would cover some of the roads rated 1, but not all of them," Schletzbaum said. "We hope to save some money year to year in order to use it the next year."
Roads will deteriorate over time and the board understands that some of the roads can still be rescued from getting into that 1 or rated list.
"We have to deal with it," Supervisor Craig Agan said.
"This is a high priority," Schletzbaum said of the roads. "We may have to put off some of the bridge work we had planned."
Schletzbaum said that the challenge will be in the next few years, as many of the roads will fall into 'bad' shape due to many uncontrollable factors, such as floods, snow and traffic.
"We want to save some of the roads before they get bad though," Schletzbaum said.
"We can't wait to asphalt  overlay everything," Agan said. "We want people to know our direction on this."
A budget amendment will likely need to be made for the next fiscal year, but Schletzbaum will continue to work on future outlooks (three years or so out) to present to the board, in order to allocate the funds needed for those projects moving forward.
No official action was taken during the meeting on the hard surfaced road maintenance agenda item.

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