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September 19, 2012

County to 'cease' roadwork

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McALESTER —

Describing incidences of illegal hunting, trash dumping and dead animal dumping along with missing cattle, several residents told the commissioners the road should be vacated.
Attorney Miller along with his clients and several Pittsburg County   workers spoke out both for an against the closure.
Miller told the commissioners during the meeting that working on the road was not a good use of county tax dollars.
“You want to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to rebuild and maintain a road that has been abandoned for decades just so a handful of people can drive to their favorite fishing hole,” Miller said.
Also during the April meeting county employee Mike Grivette told the commissioners said he had  worked on the road several years ago and he wanted the road to stay open.
“If they close it they will take away our hunting and fishing,” Grivette said. 
Meanwhile in the letter from the district attorney’s office, Hull states that the road will remain ‘status quo’ until the final disposition by the Pittsburg County Comissioners.” I am hopeful that with the status (Low Water Dam Road remaining in status quo ... it will help alleviate any further tensions between the parties.”
District 2 Commissioner Kevin Smith said the road is currently open and will remain open. He said that the commissioners do not plan to make a disposition on the petition to close the road in the near future. “It’s just going to remain as it is, open.”

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