JPs begin series of field trips to assess county roads

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
From left to right, JP Ron Flake, JP Dan Mumaugh, JP Lamont Richie and Carroll County Judge Sam Barr before touring county roads last Thursday in the first of a series of inspections. Eddie Keever / CCN

BERRYVILLE -- Members of the Carroll County Quorum Court gathered for the first of many planned field trips to inspect roads in the county. This first trip was taken by County Judge Sam Barr, along with JPs Ron Flake, Lamont Richie and Dan Mumaugh.

Before the tour departed from the Eastern District Courthouse on Thursday morning, the JPs explained their reasons for the trip. According to JP Mumaugh, all of the quorum court members get calls about problems or conditions on the county roads, and most of the JPs are familiar with conditions in their own districts, but with these field trips the JPs hope to get a better understanding of the road system throughout the county.

Judge Barr said that he was pleased the JPs on the court were taking this on. As the people who control the money in the county and where it goes, the JPs are responsible for funding the upkeep of the roads and Judge Barr was looking forward to helping the members get a better understanding of the road system.

The Judge went on to remind the public that although the designation C.R. means county road, it doesn't necessarily mean it is the county's road. The C.R. designation on a road is required to provide 911 system addresses, but sometimes a C.R. road is a private road whose upkeep and maintenance is not up to the judge, and is not to be paid for by the county's taxpayers. Knowing private roads from the county's roads is just one of the goals for the JPs moving forward. As the members of the court are able to see with their own eyes the state of the road system, they will be better able to prioritize when asked to make funding decisions.

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