To the best of my ability, I have been in touch with all of our county officials, two state representatives, and even a senator and congressman to address the concerns on Bradley Hollow Road in Lafayette, Macon County, Tennessee.
Your tax dollars went to build a four-plus million dollar waste treatment center on a very deprecated road. Other people from out of town and state come to visit your plant and I wonder if they remember the plant, or the view and drive they had to endure to reach it. And let's hope they are not coming on a day when the weather forecast has issued rain or they will be stranded either in or out, depending on which side of the slab they are on at that time.
I know that the county here is small, and funding may not be plentiful, but whose roads are more important: ours or Kentucky's? As the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding...and here the pudding is pretty thin.
The residents in between the Town Creek crossing and the slab at the waste treatment center are virtually trapped when the water rises, with no emergency exit in or out in case of a flash flooding situation.
I myself, with multiple health issues, have to be on my toes all the time when the threat of rain is forecast, not knowing if I can travel in or out if needed.
The Macon County school bus could not deliver a child home recently, due to the impassable condition of the creek or the slab area.
This area is a free haven for drop off of unwanted animals, trash, and unsightly debris. The codes in this county are definitely not being enforced in this area as they should be, and the concern for the well being of all who live in this area is being disregarded as well.
Channel 4 news reported finding of E-coli in the town creek. On more than nine occasions, vehicles have been stuck in the town creek crossing area in this road. They not only have to abandon their vehicle in the middle of the creek, but literally wade in it to the other side to go and get help.
This area is approximately 1.7 miles from our local city square, and millions of dollars have been spent on a building that is on a poorly kept road.
I know this is a sore subject with the county, but where to go next for help? We'll cross our fingers and see.
On one occasion I was flooded out and needed to return home. I was told “That if I complained, I was embarrassing no one but him and making him look bad.”
To whom am I referring? Mr. Charles “Chop” Porter. So, what's more important here: your image, or doing your job?
If you have not had the unpleasantness of viewing the location of your waste treatment center, I strongly urge you to do so as a taxpayer and a citizen of this county.
Then decide if our would like to have complete strangers view this new facility and feel as they do when they leave.
There are some wonderful people in this area that do truly care about this matter and are helping in every way possible. But somewhere there's got to be one that can truly make a difference for all concerned.
Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter, and God bless each and every one who is trying to make a difference.