County scrounges money for winter-ravaged roads

March 22, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll County Budget Director Steven D. Powell said yesterday he has wrung $875,000 from county coffers to pay to patch roads damaged by the severe winter.

The money shifting means the county has only about $100,000 left in its fund for emergencies.

"We're tight. If something else happens, we pray," Mr. Powell said.

County officials expect the final cost of snow removal to be about $1.4 million, or $860,000 more than was budgeted in the current fiscal year. The $860,000 overrun contributed to depleting the emergency fund.

Commissioners signed a resolution yesterday to spend $335,000 from the emergency fund and $540,000 of what was saved when the county refinanced bonds last fall for road repairs.

The county saved $1.18 million in interest costs last year by refinancing $40.9 million in bonds. Of the $540,000 for road repair, $490,000 will come from a debt-service fund and $50,000 from a Board of Education debt-service fund.

Officials hope to begin patching roads next month. The county Bureau of Roads Operations maintains about 900 miles of roads and 127 bridges.

Bureau Chief Benton Watson said recently that $875,000 would pay for three patches measuring 12 feet by 25 feet for every mile of county roads.

More work should be done, but spending $875,000 would be a start, he said.

Many roads are in bad condition, but Mr. Watson cited three of the worst as: 1.75 miles of Nicodemus Road off Route 27, 1.4 miles of Rupp Road outside Manchester and two miles of York Road in Manchester.

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