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From the March 19, 2014 Newspaper

By Richard Harris

   During their monthly meeting last week, the Marion County Commission heard an impassioned and frustrated appeal from a local resident who has been asking for a dirt road to be paved for almost 30 years, tabled a decision on offering a tax break to Inman Solar Company for possible construction of future solar farms, decided to dig a test well on county property rather than accept an offer from a property owner to dig a well and sell it to the county, and asked the Water Department to try harder to inform customers of potential leaks.

Road Paving

   Claudine Morgan first approached the County Commission about paving Morgan Ford Road in the mid 1980s after she and her husband, Richard, built chicken houses off of the road. She said the first response she got (from a commissioner no longer on the board) was, “You knew that was a dirt road when you built over there.”

   She said she was later told, “The only way you could get a road paved in Marion County was to run to be a county commissioner.”

   Through the years, as more people moved into the area, more homes were built, and different commissioners were elected, she began to receive more positive responses. At one point the Morgans even paid to have a surveyor do the preliminary study for the project. However, it’s been sort of an up-and-down process, according to Morgan.

   “I’ve been coming before this board for a very long time,” she said. “It’s been on the priority list. It gets bumped off the priority list. It keeps getting moved up. It keeps getting moved off. I believe that this road has been caught up in some kind of political issue and I believe that favoritism had been part of past roads getting paved. I’m not saying that any of y’all did that because a lot of you are new on the board, but for some reason this road cannot get paved.”

   Commissioners noted that the road is currently listed as ... Online subscribers click here for the rest of the story.