BY VINCE DOTY, DEPUTY JUDGE/EXECUTIVE
The Lawrence County Fiscal Court would like to present some work details and future plans for Lawrence County.
- The first part of 2019 has been focused on getting the Lawrence County Road Department in order. The County has been attempting to replenish the equipment at the County Garage. We hope the citizens will be patient and understanding during this process. We ask our County Residents to bear with us during this time.
- The County has purchased a Grade all. The Grade all is being used to restore the ditches along the county roads throughout the County.
- The County has also purchased paving equipment. This purchase includes an asphalt paver, oil distributor truck, and a road broom. By doing our own paving, the County would reduce the cost thereby saving money. This would eliminate the need for private contractor payments and save the County between 25-30% of the cost to pave our County roads. The County’s goal is to begin paving roads within a few weeks.
- The County has also purchased a dozer and is in the process of purchasing an excavator.
- These pieces of equipment will be used but not limited to roads, clearing trails, and for FEMA projects the County has encumbered.
The Lawrence County Road Department has been working diligently since the first of the year. The flooding event in February caused quite a bit of damage to our roads. During this period the Lawrence County Road Department was out all hours working very hard to assess and repair the damage to many areas within our County.
Another new item that has been added this year is a Lawrence County Road Department Facebook page. By having this social media platform, the County can inform the citizens of road conditions as well as information on which roads the County will be working on and the dates. In addition, we can receive road work order requests through this page as well. Please feel free to visit the page at: https://www.facebook.com/LawrenceCountyRoadDepartment
In addition, we have a new Facebook page for our Solid Waste Coordinator office. We will be posting events such as our recent PRIDE Spring Cleanup event on this website and encourage our residents to interact with us to report illegal dumping or regarding any solid waste concerns effecting our County. Please feel free to visit us at: https://www.facebook.com/Lawrence-County-Solid-Waste-and-Recycle-Center
Lawrence County is also putting a lot of emphasis on jobs. We are currently working on a jobs plan that includes contacting and working with larger companies in the state as well as surrounding states to try and entice them to bring their business to Lawrence County. We are also looking at smaller businesses to help locate here as well as trying to help our local businesses expand their workforce.
Families and Kids are going to be a major focus for the County going forward. The County wants to provide more activities locally for our citizens.
The County has plans to fully utilize the Lawrence County Park, adjacent to Yatesville Lake State Park Campground located at Pleasant Ridge. The plans are to include the installation of a Splash-n-Spray park for kids to use free of charge. In order to provide this park improvement, we will have to have approval from the Army Corp of Engineers, which we are hopeful to receive.
The County will also be purchasing peddle boats for use at Yatesville Lake as well as putting together a 9-hole frisbee disc golf course at the Lawrence County Park. We are also working on a scavenger hunt activity for the kids at the Lawrence County Park. In addition to these projects the Amphitheater will be remodeled so the park can host events ranging from music, comedy, plays and more. We also plan on creating more campsites. We have also created a new Facebook page for the Lawrence Park at https://www.facebook.com/lawrencecountyparkwildernessroad.
The County is also planning on creating a new Soccer field for our youth. With the rise of popularity of Soccer, the County’s Youth Soccer program has grown to hundreds of kids. This field will have its own location with areas designated around it for a public park. This will be a regulation size field that our youth program can use to host tournaments which will bring economic contributions to the County.
With everyone working and coming together the future of Lawrence County looks bright.