Munson wants some surplus spent on roads

June 16, 2004|by TARA REILLY


If Washington County finishes the current fiscal year with a surplus, County Commissioner John C. Munson wants $800,000 of it to go toward repairing Maugansville Road and Oak Ridge Drive near Funkstown.

Munson's proposal at Tuesday's meeting of the commissioners drew little discussion from the other commissioners.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said the county didn't know what the surplus would be for this fiscal year, which ends on June 30.

He said the commissioners would discuss the proposal when they know what the surplus is.

Munson said after the meeting that the county's surplus would be $2 million to $3 million. The county will know the exact amount in about a month, he said.


"The public expects decent roads, and I think they waited long enough," said Munson, who lives in Maugansville.

He said Oak Ridge Drive, in the area of the stone arch bridge near Funkstown, is bumpy and filled with potholes.

Maugansville Road also is lined with potholes, he said.

The roads need to be dug up and then paved to prevent them from breaking up again, he said.

"It's either do it right, or don't do it at all," Munson said.

He said it's possible it could cost less than $800,000 to repair the roads.

County Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said late Tuesday afternoon that repairs to Maugansville Road would cost about $300,000 and repairs to Oak Ridge Drive would run from $225,000 to $250,000.

Last week, Munson yelled at Rohrer at a commissioners meeting because Maugansville Road wasn't on the county's list of priority road repair projects. Munson demanded that Maugansville Road be placed on the list.

Oak Ridge Drive also is not on the list.

Rohrer said Tuesday that he didn't disagree with Munson but the county doesn't have the money or the staff to fix all the roads that need repairs.

Some of the roads on the county's priority repairs list are Governor Lane Boulevard, Halfway Boulevard, Mount Aetna Road, Edgewood Drive, Western Maryland Parkway and Fountainhead Road.

Munson said he plans to pitch his proposal to the commissioners again in about a month.

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