The good news: The energy boom is providing jobs and a better economy throughout West Texas, including the Crossroads area.
The bad news: The heavy trucks are taking a toll on county roads.
“It’s one of your better problems to have, but it’s a problem, nonetheless,” said County Judge Mark Barr, who plans to address the situation with Howard County Commissioners Court members Monday.
“At some point in time, the roads will have to be repaired, so we’re going to address that. It’s time,” said Barr.
Commissioners will discuss the pros and cons of a number of ideas, including setting weight limits, fees or fines.
“I don’t expect us to take any action Monday. But we need to start the discussion. We need to see what our options are,” said Barr.
The judge said members of the Texas Department of Transportation and Department of Public Safety will be at the meeting, as well Eddy Jameson, in charge of county road maintenance.
“The problem is a good thing. We’re all happy about all the energy-related work going on. But sooner or later, we’ve got to address the road situation,” Barr said.
Also on Monday’s agenda, Jackie Olson will present invoices, purchase requests, budget amendments, the monthly financial report and information pertaining to an upcoming county auction.
Teresa Thomas will present personnel considerations and a payroll report and County Clerk Donna Wright will present her monthly report.
A discussion of the joint law enforcement center — “they may start pouring concrete next week,” said Barr — is also on tap and the court will hear from any citizens who have comments.
The court will convene at 10 am. in the county courtroom on the third floor of the Howard County Courthouse.
Bill McClellan can be reached at 432-263-7331 ext. 230 or by email at email@example.com