CHARLESTON - A good blacktop road needs traffic and a good base, according to Mississippi County Commissioners.
Commissioners agreed during their regular meeting Thursday that it is too soon to lay blacktop on a new subdivision's roads - but the developer doesn't want to wait until next year.
Commissioner Homer Oliver said the developer's concern is that the county may discontinue its program of allowing private property owners to pay the county to put down blacktop. "He said next year you might not be doing that," Oliver said.
"If we give him our word, that road will be blacktopped," said Blumenberg. As the county is committed, it will be done, "even if it has to be done next year," he said.
Roads the developer previously paid the county to blacktop in another subdivision were a year and a half old at the time and had plenty of traffic as over half the lots had houses on them, Commissioner Martin Lucas recalled.
Lucas said in this case with no houses built yet and therefore no traffic, the blacktop won't hold up - especially under the occasional weight of concrete trucks coming in to pour foundations.
"This is a brand-new road - it hasn't had any compaction on it," he said. "It needs compaction."
In other Mississippi County business Thursday:
* Commissioners reported the county's new chip-and-seal blacktop process appears to be working well.
While initial attempts used too much gravel, county road crews quickly made adjustments. "It looks pretty good so far," said Blumenberg.
* Commissioners accepted the donation of a framed print bearing the words "In God We Trust."
"He said if you display it, we can have it," County Clerk Junior DeLay said.
Commissioners noted that the Bible on the table in the entrance way of the courthouse was also a donation, having just appeared one day.
* A letter from the Missouri Department of Agriculture was reviewed by commissioners regarding the reappointment of Albert Peters Jr. of Bertrand to the Weed Control Committee.
Department officials have always approved the county's nominee, according to county officials.
Lucas and Oliver also commented on the Johnson grass truck's recent spraying activity.
* Commissioners discussed a possible used passenger tire roundup in the county.
"They have to be stacked like a loaf of bread," Lucas said.
Oliver said there would have to be someone at the drop-off site watching or the county would end up getting stuck with tires with rims, large truck tires and other unapproved tires. "You've got to check them," he said.
* Commissioners accepted the resignation of Wendell Choate from the Port Authority board and announced they will be seeking an interested person to replace Choate on the seven-member board.
Commissioners also reappointed Buzz Sutherland of rural Wyatt and Liz Anderson of East Prairie. Officials will also check with Kathy Simpkins of East Prairie to see if she would like to be reappointed. Terms for all three end June 30.
* County and drainage district officials may need to seek out another beaver trapper for the warmer seasons.
"The beaver man's scared of snakes," Oliver said.