Two Logan County Magistrates were in the sharing mood Tuesday during a fiscal court meeting as they handed over their allotted flex dollars to another district.
Magistrates Thomas Bouldin of the sixth district and Russell Poore of the first, both said they not only represent their districts, but the county as a whole, and they see where there is a need in the fourth district for additional projects. Drexel Johnson is magistrate over that district.
Although the northern part of the county still has the majority of gravel roads- about 30 miles of the 78 in the county- flex dollars can only be spent on resurfacing already existing blacktop. It costs approximately $40,000 per mile for resurfacing a blacktop road.
“My district is in pretty good shape,” said Bouldin. “I’ve saved money over the past three years, and I have enough to cover some projects that I want to get done, so Drexel can have my allotment to help catch up the northern end of the county.”
Magistrate Jack Crossley said he had several projects needing to be done, adding that every one of the districts had roads that needed repairing. He felt maybe it wasn’t a good time to focus on one area at this time.
“I’m in good shape as well,” said Magistrate Poore. “I’m okay with giving the 4th district my flex dollars as well this year. I know it’s not much, and probably won’t do what needs to be done down there, but if it will help, I have no problem with it.”
Magistrate Johnson was very appreciative to Bouldin and Poore. He said he thinks in the past it hasn’t been quite fair in allocating funding because his district can’t seem to catch up.
“If there is anything I can do for the other districts in the future, I will,” said a thankful Johnson.
Magistrate Poore received $22,000 in flex dollars this year, with second district magistrate Crossley getting $53,614, third district magistrate Barry Joe Wright getting $65,084, Johnson getting $69,698, fifth district magistrate Jo Orange getting $45,572 and Bouldin $16,352.
A unanimous vote at Tuesday’s court meeting saw $38,000 going to the fourth district to use for resurfacing added to Johnson’s already allotted portion. All other magistrates kept their dollars.
“I think at this time it’s doing the right thing for the county as a whole,” said Judge Executive Logan Chick, on Bouldin and Poore giving up their part to help another area of the county. “These magistrates are to be commended.”
Chick says he feels like the northern end of the county just hasn’t been able to get caught up. One of the reasons being, the roads in the north end of the county just don’t hold up as well because of the soil that is there. Seems they deteriorate faster.