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Restricted truck traffic on agenda

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, June 28, 2014

Wise County commissioners will decide Monday at their regular meeting whether or not to restrict truck traffic on County Road 2474.

The county held a public hearing on the issue prior to its regular meeting June 16 but could not take action on it because it was not on that day’s agenda.

Mike Pirtle was the only resident who attended the public forum, and he spoke in favor of closing the road to trucks.

He described the Precinct 2 road, saying it’s only 16 feet across at the widest point, and one quarter-mile section is only 10 feet wide.

“I’ve been there since 1988, and the last few years we’ve seen a tremendous influx of recreational use,” he said. “It’s the third entrance to the LBJ National Grasslands, and our little road was never supposed to handle that kind of traffic.”

In other business, commissioners will discuss and consider Wise Soil and Water Conservation District projects on the conditions and known rehabilitation needs of dams – including the Salt Creek and laterals watershed and Big Sandy Creek watershed.

They will also discuss the fiscal year 2013 annual outside audit report for Wise County Emergency Service District No. 1 and will present the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission to the Wise County Historical Commission.

The award recognizes the county commission’s outstanding preservation work accomplished in 2013.

Also on the agenda are county committee reports, consideration of bids, donations and joint venture project agreements with other local governmental entities.

Monday’s meeting is 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It’s open to the public.

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