In Aug. 20 Issue
There is something of a mystery on D. Mann Road.
It has local resident Steve Bell up in arms.
"It is a waste of county money," Bell said. "I need to talk to someone about it, and I don't want to wait till next month's court meeting. I tried the County Judge and they say he's in Louisville and my magistrate won't return my calls."
Bell said he was upset because a crew came out and paved the county road, where it meets the state road, just across from the Lake Cumberland State Park entrance.
"It's a waste of county taxpayers' money," Bell said.
He indicated that the road had been torn up by concrete company trucks entering the old quarry adjacent to the highway.
"I didn't order any blacktop there," said Magistrate Steve Bledsoe. "I called Mr. Bell and we've talked. I explained that we wouldn't be paying for any blacktop that wasn't put down on a county road."
Bledsoe said the left-over blacktop that had been spread inside the quarry was just that and if the county had ordered the work it would never pay for material that wasn't applied to a county road.
Bell had been irate about that blacktop on private property when a gravel fill crosses the road just out of site of the entrance.
Bledsoe said he would have a crew down to address that problem soon.
"The county came down here and replaced this culvert," Bell said, pointing out the cut in the blacktop.
An official with the concrete company said he isn't aware of anyone at his office requesting repair to the road, but added that the state had been cutting back the bank on the other side of the road and had used that area to load and unload equipment.
"Getting that equipment unloaded and unloaded they kind of chewed up the pavement," said Doug Pyles. He added that it was possible that the state had ordered the work.