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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 11:06 am | Updated: 11:08 am, Mon Dec 30, 2013.

County and Ozark residents may be a little closer to bridging the gap over the Finley River on Riverside Road. But even if everything goes off without a hitch, it will be at least next summer before any construction is near finished.

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1 comment:

  • Max posted at 8:42 pm on Tue, Jul 31, 2012.

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    “The county gave Ozark Special Road District the bridge to be put out there where it is today according to information provided by historian Wayne Glenn,” Bilyeu said.

    Then why has the Ozark Special Road District not been maintaining the bridge for the last several decades? Seems like we are where we are today because that bridge was not on the Special Road's priority list to maintain/repair even though their group had been given the unlawful deal to manage the distribution of our county sales tax.

    The sales tax was supposed to be spent on roads and BRIDGES and that is what the voters passed back in 1997. Why was Riverside left for deterioration yet now seems to be such an important task for the Ozark Special Road District to take on? OSRD might not agree with county audits, the law and Lou Pagalio's stand on the proper way to distribute sales tax but they shouldn't be playing the heroes in this situation by coming up with a plan to build a low-water bridge at this late hour. If they want November votes for their preferred commissioners, they need to go about it without involving demolishing a bridge that represents this county's history and uniqueness.

    OSRD says someone else, private citizens, needs to come up with the funds, planning and moving of the historic bridge... why is it the citizen's job? Why can't they come up with a plan? A real plan. One that includes the restoration, preservation and future public enjoyment of our precious assets that we, as citizen's of Christian County and Ozark, have been blessed with.

    Instead of working towards only a new bridge, please take a comprehensive approach and make it your responsibility, Ozark Special Road District, to save the Riverside Bridge. Officially work it into your budget and work it into your plan. The people want a usable bridge and they want to SAVE the old bridge. It's been 113 years since the bridge was built, I think you deserve to give it a little of your own time and respect to figure out how to keep it with us for another 100.

     
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