Group to file suit against commissioner
By Dee Ann Campbell
BUTLER – The Choctaw County Concerned Citizens Group has
announced intentions to file a lawsuit
against District 1 Commissioner Tony
Cherry over some $500 in mileage reimbursement
claims he turned into the
county for miles traveled over a threeweek
During the September 9th meeting of the County Commission, Concerned Citizens’ Group spokesperson John A. Boney of Butler told the board that the group intends to file suit against Cherry based on statutes within the new Unit System law that went into effect on July 1.
UNDER UNIT SYSTEM
Engineer lists plans
for road maintenance
By Dee Ann Campbell
BUTLER — $30 million.
According to Choctaw County Engineer Jason Sturdivant,
that’s how much it would take to complete the resurfacing of
roads that need addressing in Choctaw County.
But with only $1.4 million allotted in the county’s annual
budget for the road and bridge department – and a portion of
that money allocated to salaries and benefits for workers and
other mandatory expenditures — the task seems daunting.
Shady Grove. Branch. Brightwater. Ararat. Mt. Olive. Bailey
Ask local drivers to name the worst roads in Choctaw
County and the list seems endless.
From district to district, the
need for road repair and resurfacing is one of the most talked
about issue facing the county.
And it is, perhaps, the primary reason why more than 70%
of voters opted for the new unit system of government that was
approved on June 3.
With the implementation of the new system, residents are
looking for progress, hoping to see changes take place with
plans of action that make sense.
“I understand why people are skeptical,” Sturdivant said.
“They want to see something being done.”
Sturdivant says that changes are coming, but residents
should be patient with the progress.
“There will be more paving over the next year than in any
year in the history of the county – by a long shot,” he said.
Under the Unit System, road maintenance is approached
from a countywide perspective.
While commissioners continue
to evaluate the needs of the roads in their districts,
those needs are reported to the county engineer, and decisions
are then made regarding which roads throughout the county
should be addressed first.