Madison County commissioners clashed once again on whether to adopt Hope Drive as a county road May 9.
The board of commissioners voted 3-2 not to accept the road, which would have cost an estimated $42,000 to bring up to standard.
Commissioner Jim Escoe brought the matter up again May 9, saying that the road meets all the requirements for acceptance as a county road. He said all rights of way have been secured from property owners to allow for the county adoption. He said the BOC discussed Hope Drive in 2006 and agreed to maintain the road. Escoe noted that a county road sign is up on Hope Drive and that the county worked on the road around that time, which would have been illegal if it wasn’t actually a county road.
“I’m asking to fulfill the vote of 2006 to maintain that road,” said Escoe.
Commissioner Stanley Thomas said that if there was proof that the county had made a mistake on Hope Drive, he might feel differently. But he said he can’t see spending $42,000 on a private road when there are so many public roads in need of improvements. Commissioner Theresa Bettis agreed, saying the county must look at “wants and needs.”
“Is it desperately needed, especially in this budget shortfall?” asked Bettis.
Escoe said that there are five districts and that he should be allowed to improve Hope Drive with Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) funds.
“I want my fair share,” said Escoe.
Bettis said she’s not fighting for one district but fighting for the county as a whole.
Both Escoe and John Pethel voted to adopt Hope Drive as a county road, while Thomas, Bettis and Pete Bond voted “No.”
County clerk Rhonda Wooten informed Hope Drive resident Jason Yates that the rights of way he secured from property owners would have to be shredded after the “No” vote.
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Madison County Sheriff’s candidate David Larkins posted a six-minute video on YouTube last week to talk about “dirty politics.” In the video, he accuses The Madison County Journal of giving his opponent, Kip Thomas, a copy of his full-page ad before publication, so that Thomas could respond to the ad in the same issue.
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LAVONIA - Dianne Hanley Riley, 68, formerly of Danielsville, died Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at her residence. Born August 11, 1947, in Madison County, she was the daughter of the late James F. and Evelyn (Winfrey) Hanley. She was a cosmetologist. Mrs. Riley was a member of the Jones Chapel United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by ...
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A woman lost a foot in an accident Tuesday morning when the University of Georgia pick up truck she was driving southbound on Hwy. 106 north of Ila was struck by a boom (retrieving arm) that came loose from a Fielddale Farms Mac 700 feed truck traveling north. The accident happened in a curve about 11:14 a.m. near Shiloh-Ft. Lamar Road and Indian Hill Road.
According to Madison County Sheriff’s Captain Pat Holl, who was on scene to assist the Georgia State Patrol in its investigation, it appeared that the boom impaled the cab of the pick up truck, amputating one of her feet.
She was identified by the Georgia State Patrol as Yanzhuo Zhang, 36, of Athens. A passenger was identified as Xiaonan Zhang, 38, also a female. Both were listed as having “non-fatal lower extremity injuries” and were taken by Madison County EMS to Athens Regional Medical Center.
The driver of the feed truck, Clifford Tuck, 63, of Baldwin, was not injured, according to the GSP.
The vehicles were negotiating a curve when the accident occurred. The accident remains under investigation at this time.
Both lanes of Hwy. 106 were blocked to traffic for a period of time Tuesday morning while the accident scene was cleared.
ROYSTON - Carol Ann Jordan Welborn, 66, passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at her residence. Mrs. Welborn was born in Danielsville on June 16, 1949, the daughter of the late Marilyn Stoyle Jordan. She was a phlebotomist, having worked with Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center and was of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Welborn was preceded in death ...
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