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September 19, 2012

County to 'cease' roadwork

McALESTER — County workers continued to grade a platted county road that leads to   fishing hole after an agreement was made between the Pittsburg County Commissioners and the district attorney’s office to ‘cease action’ until a final decision was made to close the road.

The letter from District 18 First  Assistant District Attorney Richard Hull reveals an agreement with District 1 County Commissioner Gene Rogers that no more road work would be done on Low Water Canyon Road.
However as recently as July a county worker did work on the road, according to Gene Rogers commission chairman.
Rogers said he went out to check on the road after a recent commissioner’s meeting. During the Sept. 10 meeting former county commissioner Bill Webber alleged that county workers tore down several trees and damaged a drainage pipe while using road funds provided by the State of Oklahoma to build an illegal road on land owned by the Federal Government and managed by the United States Corps of Engineers to access Low Water Dam Road.
During the meeting Rogers said he didn’t order any work to be done in that area.
However, after visiting the area in question soon after the meeting, Rogers said one of his men did work on the road.
“Yes, one of my men did work on the road, without my permission,” Rogers said. “He’s been written up.”
According the April 20 letter to Attorney Jim Miller from Richard Hull District 18 First Assistant District Attorney, “There will be no further county action taken on the Pittsburg County Road (Low Water Dam Road) pending the final disposition of the Petition to Close (Low Water Dam Road).”
Leading up to the letter was a April 16 commissioners meeting. During the meeting commissioners faced a meeting room filled to capacity as an agenda item to close the road was to be discussed.

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