Commissioner: RUMA roadwork “unacceptable”
By AMY GAREIS
News-Herald Staff Writer
CADIZ - One leader spoke against the state of some routes that fall under road use maintenance agreements (RUMA) with oil and gas companies, calling it unacceptable.
Harrison County Commissioner Dale Norris (pictured), a past county highway supervisor, told more than 30 gas and oil, government and transportation officials at the monthly safety meeting on Monday that he viewed sites covered under the RUMA pacts. He also showed pictures of various county roads with patch jobs and other work that he said were not properly completed.
“Although I think that oil and gas is good, I just expect us to be respected the same way we respect each and every one of you,” Norris said.
Norris said County Roads 25, 2, 55 and 21 were federal highways and chip-and-seal would not work. He added that many sites had rough surfaces and one culvert was covered with road-grade material that blocked water, while County Road 61 was to be paved two months ago.
“I’m just here to express that we took it by faith and signed those RUMA agreements, and I don’t know that I can sign another. I keep hearing ‘We’ll get there, we’ll get there.’ It ain’t happening fast enough.”
Read this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald for more on the safety meeting and the commissioners response to RUMA's.
NH Photo/AMY GAREIS