By Roslyn Giles
Smiths Station, AL (WTVM)- The buzz word in Smiths Station this morning is roads. Many of our viewers posted questions via WTVM'S Facebook page pertaining to road improvements. Mayor LaFaye Dellinger responded to their questions during "Ask the Mayor "on News Leader 9 Morning with Roslyn Giles.
Haley asked: "THE SMITHS STATION AREA HAS THE NEW HIGH SCHOOL FACILITIES ON LEE ROAD 430, LEE ROAD 430 IS A QUIET ROAD FROM PHENIX CITY RIGHT NOW. WILL IT EVER BECOME THREE LANES WITH A TURN LANE OR FOUR LANES TO EASE SCHOOL TRAFFIC DURING THE WEEK, IF SO, WHEN WOULD ANY CONSTRUCTION BEGIN?"
Dellinger's Response: "There are some plans with the school board and Lee County Highway Departments to alleviate some of the traffic there at the high school with some turn lanes. I don't know exactly what the plans are now because that is a Lee County Highway Department and Lee County School Plan.
Roslyn asked: "ANY IDEA AS TO HOW LONG IT TAKE BEFORE RESIDENTS COULD SEE SOMETHING?"
Dellinger's Response: "About as long as it took on the budget."
Roslyn replied, "HOW LONG WAS THAT?"
Dellinger's Response: I'm talking about the Federal Government.
Roslyn replied: Yes, the debt deal, it took them months and months.
Julie Symonds: "IS LEE ROAD 240 EVER GOING TO BE RE-PAVED? IT IS AWFUL!"
Dellinger's Response: Lee Road 240 is not actually inside the corporate limits of Smiths Station, but it is on the Lee County Highway Departments chart to be resurfaced. It was supposed to have been done last summer, but the stimulus money that was promised did not come through, so that's on delay right now, but it does have priority on resurfacing.
Sherry Cureton: "CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT A "NON-MAINTAINED" ROAD IS? I PAY TAXES LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. WHY CAN'T MY ROAD BE MAINTAINED LIKE EVERYONE ELSES? MY CHILDREN HAVE TO WALK A MILE UP THE ROAD TO CATCH THE BUS BECAUSE LEE COUNTY BUSES CANT DRIVE ON MY LEE ROAD?"
Dellinger's Response: "Without knowing the road the she's talking about, I can't tell you. I can tell you the general consensus—the developer will develop a subdivision with part of in Phenix City and the other part in Lee County. All of it will be Lee County but the permits are annexed by Phenix City. Lee County buses cannot go on the roads. They cannot go into another city. A non-maintained road is usually one that's maintained by a developer. They sometimes have not properly prepared the road bed for the county to accept it. The county had certain guidelines and the developer has to build the roads and meet those guidelines before the city accepts the maintenance."