Citizen demands repair on road; permit policy approved for mass gatherings

By BARBARA GREEN
While budgetary issues dominated discussion at Montague County Commissioners Court on Monday, there were several other topics addressed
including a new permit policy for mass gatherings of more than 2,500 people, a citizen’s road complaint and state recognition of the county historical commission.
Sharon Browning made a written request to address the court about Forrester Road where she resides. Browning lives at the end of Forrester,
which she called “a dry creek bed,” that is virtually unpassable to her home.
“I have made many requests and have been told there are 300 miles of roads to maintain. If that is correct, one grader working 20 hours a week should be able to do all the roads every other month,” said Browning.

Also related to road repairs, there was a brief update on the state funded county infrastructure grant funds and the status of projects in the county.

Reluctantly, the court approved a permit process dictated by the state health and safety code regarding mass gatherings of 2,500 or more outside of a municipality.
County Judge Rick Lewis said he and County Attorney Clay Riddle have been working on this for the past year and it is taken directly from state code. Langford said he does not want to make it harder for people who are putting on events that benefit the county. He specifically referred to Rednecks with Paychecks, which operates on private land outside Saint Jo.

Read the full story in the mid-week News.