BY JOSH PRESLEY
The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to pass a new heavy-hauling ordinance at its meeting Thursday. The ordinance has been discussed at length in board meetings for the past two months, mostly due to a proposed $35,000 bond for haulers in the county, a bond which was eliminated from the final ordinance.
District 2 Supervisor Luke Lummus said the initial thought behind the bond was to maintain the quality of county roads, and that while most haulers obeyed the rules and stuck to their assigned routes, the ones that werenâ€™t following the guidelines were causing damage to roads.
â€śWeâ€™ve got to have some kind of ordinance in place because the county doesnâ€™t have the money to continually repair these roads,â€ť Lummus said. â€śWe did away with the bond because it wasnâ€™t what our residents wanted, and weâ€™re here to serve them.â€ť
Lummus said the ordinance doesnâ€™t apply to normal wear and tear to roads arising from normal traffic over county roads during the regular course of business. He said the ordinance is in place to protect secondary county roads from damage incurred during the hauling of multiple heavy loads on specific and limited duration contract jobs such as timber, dirt and gravel hauling.
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