Old Drennon Road to get maintenance again

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

General Manager

A road less traveled, and seemingly forgotten for more than a decade, again will receive county maintenance.

During the Henry County Fiscal Court’s October meeting, Henry County Attorney Virginia Harrod told the court that a portion of Old Drennon Road was still considered part of the county’s road system.

“I have the drawings from 1974 issued from a former road (department) employee with his signature ... (saying the county) performed general maintenance on Old Drennon Road,” from 1974 to 1997 Harrod told the court.

But since 1997, the road has largely been forgotten, by both the county and, it appears, residents.

“Mike (Fisher) and I have talked about it ... we were both kind of puzzled why nobody called us over the last 10 or 12 years to complain to say the snow hasn’t been cleared,” Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent said.

By law, if the county hasn’t maintained a road within the last 15 years, it cannot be maintained by the county without taking it back into the system.

The road, which is just 1,000 feet long, was accepted into the county road system in 1974.

In other business:

• the walking trail at the Henry County Recreation and Services Park on U.S. 421 near New Castle is almost complete. Henry County Road Department Supervisor Glenn Baxter told the court that blacktopping would be completed the day after the meeting. Once the trail is complete, the road department can return to working on other projects in the county, including grading gravel roads. “We’re trying to get the walking trial ready to go, (and) couldn’t put anybody on the grader,” he said.

“We’re trying to do what we can to save the grant,” he said, adding that the weather to that point worked against them. While grading can be done when the ground is frozen, he said, blacktopping has a limited window of opportunity.

Brent said the walking trail project must be completed within the current fiscal year. “But, as you know, sometimes it’s very difficult to get something done in the spring,” he said. If the county doesn’t complete the work on the walking trail within the allotted time, it could lose the $50,000 grant for the project.

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