Issues facing county

One of biggest issues facing Hunt County’s government leaders each year has to do with the roads in the county.

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One of biggest issues facing Hunt County’s government leaders each year has to do with the roads in the county.

County Judge Bobby Stovall spoke with the Greenville Noon Rotary Club this week and said the commissioners court is aware of the situation.

“Our county has grown through the years and our roads were not built to handle the kind of traffic we have today, particularly on the west side of the county where we have a lot of construction going on,” Stovall said. “We’re going to work together in this next year to come up with a plan to try and address the situation.”

Exactly what it would entail has yet to be determined, he said.

“I’ve been telling the commissioners that we’ve been doing our roads the same way for a hundred years,” Stovall said. “We’ve got to take a different direction. We’ve got to find a different way to make more headway.”

Part of the current problem has been with the heavy rains earlier this year, he said, which has postponed many efforts at fixing the existing roads.

“You can’t patch a pothole when it is full of water,” Stovall said.

On the positive side, Stovall commended the efforts of the Hunt County Transportation Steering Committee and Chairman W. D. “Dee” Hilton, which has overseen the implementation of what had been a projected $24 million road bond package.

Stovall said the county has issued $6 million of the bonds so far.

“Well, it looks like $14 million may take care of all of it,” he said.

The bond proposal was expected to help bring in an additional $100 million in from the Texas Department of Transportation.

“We’ve already got more than $200 million pledged from TxDOT,” Stovall said.

He was asked about the status of the Texas Department of Public Safety and Driver’s License office.

The commissioners have already offered state officials space to house an office, using the same space the Texas Department of Public Safety abandoned last summer, plus a lot more room.

The commissioners offered the state approximately 4,400 square feet of office space, for $2,000 a month for 10 years.

Stovall said he and County Civil Attorney Daniel Ray sat down with the agency during Hunt County Days earlier this year and believed an agreement had been reached between the two sides.

“And they have stonewalled us ever since,’ Stovall said. “We’ve bent over backwards trying to accommodate them and right now it is up to the state.”