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September 13, 2012

All of this to fish?

McALESTER — Is a county commissioner misspending county dollars to access a road to a fishing hole?

On Wednesday, one former district attorney said he thinks that’s exactly what’s being done. 
“Commissioner Gene Rogers is misspending public tax dollars on a non existent road to benefit a few county employees,” said Jim Miller former District 18 District Attorney.
Miller said he and his clients along with several other property owners will attend Monday’s commissioners meeting to get some answers.
The road work was allegedly done near Hartshorne on private property and Federal property managed by the Army Corps of Engineers to reach a platted county road called Low Water Dam Road. Low Water Dam road leads to a popular fishing hole.
 Earlier this year another access road to the same fishing spot brought Miller along with county residents and uniformed county employees, to the Pittsburg County commissioners meeting speak out both for and against the county spending money to work on a platted road that had been closed for several years.
Monday a former county commissioner Bill Webber appeared before the Pittsburg County commissioners to ask District 1 Commissioner Gene Rogers, why  another road was made to the same fishing hole.
Former Pittsburg County Commissioner Bill Webber told Rogers that the damage  made to build another access road was unnecessary.
“In the process of building this road, Pittsburg County employees, under the direction of Gene Rogers, also compromised the natural water drainage in the is area by building road without any mind to the water drainage on either side of the new road,” Webber said.
Rogers denied his crews had anything to do with the building of the new road.
“I assure you that I have not ordered this,” Rogers said.
“The work we did was to get to an  existing road.”

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