A minor disagreement between second district magistrate Jack Crossley and county road supervisor Paul Lyne occurred at Tuesday’s Logan County Fiscal Court.
Crossley was asking for court approval on bids he obtained to seal two dead-end roads in his district. Crossley can spend his road monies as he sees fit, however, Lyne disagreed with the decision because of the condition of those roads.
“I don’t think it’s a bad idea, I’d like to see it tried, but these two roads don’t have a top-coat. There may be other roads that would be better to try this on,” said Lyne.
Magistrate Crossley did not take Lyne’s statements well and became agitated saying, “I’m gonna do it if the court approves my bids. It’s my decision.”
Lyne told the ND&L after the meeting that he wasn’t trying to upset Crossley and was just trying to make a point about an improvement to a road.
“I wanted to address it before we made any improvements,” said Lyne who apologized if Crossley felt he was putting him on the spot. “I just felt uncomfortable sealing a road that doesn’t have a top coat on it.”
When sealing a road, said Lyne, it usually has two inches of base-coat and one inch of top-coat. The two roads Crossley wants to seal (Miller Road and C-Lyne Road) don’t have a top-coat, said Lyne.
“I just disagree with putting driveway sealant on a road that has no top-coat, that’s all. He can do what he wishes, it’s his district and can spend the money as he wants. We just had a minor disagreement,” Lyne said.
Another problem Lyne had was a cattle gap that is in the ground on Miller Road. Lyne said according to the state there are to be no obstructions on county roads.
“I’ve been dealing with this for awhile now and I have been trying to remedy the issues,” said Lyne, adding there were obstructions on several of the roads around the county.
“According to the KRS’s there are not supposed to be obstructions on county roads and a cattle gap is an obstruction. I know this particular one was put in before Jack’s time and I’m not blaming him, he has done nothing wrong, but it doesn’t need to be there,” said Lyne.
Crossley said he wasn’t going to tell the owner to remove the crossing and it wasn’t hurting anyone.
“Why don’t you go tell him,” said Crossley to Lyne about the crossing. “I’m not going to tell him to take it up. I don’t think it’s my place to tell the man to take it up when I didn’t even have anything to do with it.”
Crossley made a motion Tuesday to accept a bid of $6,120 to seal the two roads. His motion passed four to two with Magistrates Jo Orange, Drexel Johnson and Judge Executive Logan Chick voting with Crossley, and Magistrates Russell Poore and Barry Joe Wright voting against the motion. Magistrate Thomas Bouldin was absent.