Election-year politics

2018 must have been an election year. I say that because prior to election day, any complaints or concerns brought forward concerning rural gravel road conditions would get immediate attention and promises to match. Fast forward to today when 260th, between Highway 14 and Ridge Road, has had what appears to have been clay initially and then later some sort of sand-based material deposited on it to fill in washboards and ruts. Then an operator who continually makes the least effort to properly grade the road but rather maintains the practice of scraping any gravel on the road into the ditch on the other side.

Phone calls that were once answered have been replaced with unanswered calls or excuses for shoddy work. Maybe there should have been a notice with the property when I bought it that said, “All access vehicles must have at least 12 inches clearance before being operated on this roadway. Pitiful work and no attempt at customer satisfaction.”

That’s no way to supervise a county and poor road management is inexcusable for a county engineer. I’ve spent much of my life on gravel roads and have never in my 61 years seen such poorly-maintained roadways. Tax payers deserve more than excuses and indifference.