Category Archives: Our AWFUL roads

Budget crisis, property tax INCREASE, NO increased funding for sheriff? And the roads SUCK!

I’ve been busy trying to figure out WHY we need a real estate tax increase while we seem to have a ton of money due to funding increases despite unused funds last year or continued allocation of funds that are not used.

Last week supervisor Moss was appointed to superior court judge and our District 4 supervisor Jean Bishop doesn’t exactly show a lot of problem solving skills:

https://kdminer.com/news/2017/jul/28/resignation-limits-options-mohave-county-budget-fi/

I’ve been trying to figure out the budget and posted some info at my new Resource Forum (not quite ready, but I need to organize the info):

Mohave

I posted on Facebook and nobody seems to understand what’s going on with the budget. 

I even contacted the Mohave County Democrats, thinking they would jump on the opportunity to show us how smart and caring they are.

Another bust, Chair Marty Luna-Wolfe claimed it was a “bi-partisan” budget and she hung up on me.  HUH????

The Do-Nothing Mohave County Democrats are nothing but tools for Hillary and their entire website contains ONLY national issues. Trump hating, “resisting” by calling Flake, etc.   They don’t have a single local cause! NONE!

I understand now why Democrats don’t even have any candidates in most races and Republicans run unopposed!

If you are a Democrat, I suggest you become an INDEPENDENT and start thinking for yourself. 

Or just leave the party and politics behind and DO something for locals.

In the meantime,  Charles is AWFUL and people have been damaging their little plastic cars driving through COUNTLESS little washouts on Charles.

Charles is COUNTY MAINTAINED!  

They just did Charles a couple weeks  BEFORE the storms, brought NO water and NO dirt.   That’s NOT how to maintain dirt roads!   Due to clearing and construction between Peach and Pear, we now have the worst washouts and in my truck I have to practically stop before driving through VERY SLOW.   Although it’s not that bad for the vehicles as the tiny washouts you can hardly see.

Last week I drove to Meadview a few hours after it stopped raining and the roads had been cleared already.  Even roads that have practically NO traffic were cleared.

Why is it that Meadview deserves safe roads and we don’t?

And thank you for NOT fixing Charles, Mickey!  As long as the locals fix the roads for free, there is no incentive for the County to do its JOB.  If enough people damage their vehicles they WILL get off their lazy asses and maybe even go to a BOS meeting to express their concerns.

A couple days after the last big rain I tried taking Glenn and couldn’t get through the wash at Pear and I also couldn’t make it at Greentree and Pear.  Have truck, but 2WD and there were already giant holes and boards in the wash from others who got stuck, so I went all the way back to Pierce Ferry so I could tear up my truck up on Charles.

I’m assuming that a local fixed Glenn and Greentree by now since the water haulers in Unit 6 couldn’t get to the well.

Who filled the potholes on Rose? LMC and Unit 7 road update

Updated 6/25/17 with word on the street on the road destruction in Unit 7.

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Who filled the potholes on Rose at Smoke Tree?

I’ve done some road work with my crew, but this is the first time EVER that I have seen the potholes FILLED as they should be by someone else.  Not that I know who works on every road, but this really was an amazing sight!

potholes on Rose
Properly filled rock holes, although the entire road could use more dirt.

One reason our dirt roads are so AWFUL is that the potholes aren’t filled when they attempt to improve them with graders or backhoes.   I say “attempt” because there’ve been times when people made it worse, it takes more than good intentions to run heavy equipment.

These are actually not potholes, but ROCK HOLES, from the blade ripping the rocks out. Then they push the rocks off the road and we have giant holes.

As we drive through those holes, we create MORE erosion, lose more dirt to wind, expose more rocks, and the cycle restarts when they “fix” the road again.

Anyway, a friend who lives there said he’d like to contribute a few bucks to the person(s) who did this work. Somebody must have used a shovel to get what little dirt there is from the ditch — hard work!

The residents who volunteer their equipment and time (for a little gas money, if they’re lucky) can’t be expected to pay for dirt for fill and Jean Bishop ought to come out and bring her shovel!

Cary Schweitzer asked Jean Bishop and the county people last August for some DIRT at the big meeting at Canyon’s End (video and discussion of the meeting). It’s been almost a year, I haven’t seen any dirt anywhere and the roads are awful.

To the County, we’re not even worthy of dirt.

Charles is SO bad, someone took the street sign out the other day.

When you’re turning onto Charles from Pierce Ferry coming from Kingman, you have to seriously slow down because the washboard is so awful, you slide around like on ice.  And the giant holes and rocks as you drive off the pavement destroy the vehicles.

The County keeps marking Pierce Ferry, but they never do the work.

Apparently the County wants to make sure that anyone interested in purchasing one of the MANY abandoned properties off Charles knows right away not to move here.  Good job creating more blight and lowering property values — less tax for the County!  Aren’t they SO clever?

Several weeks ago heavy equipment went down MY road even though I’m not on a County maintained road and I specifically requested that the County stay AWAY from my road.   Did they retaliate because of my complaints? In 11 years they’ve never come down here.

After last summer’s storms I had spent many hours moving boulders and filling holes so I had the “perfect” road (just wide enough for my dually)  in front of my property.  I think the County guy made ONE pass and he TORE UP my road.   I have holes a foot deep.  There were boulders so huge I could hardly move them off the road.

Updated 6/25/17:  Word on the street is that Bob Lehman tore up our roads.  I heard that he? went down Rose and people there are upset too and hate those holes.  Bob, if that’s true, please don’t do that again, we’re all old and stumbling around as it is — don’t need no broken bones or hips or being sued by people who get hurt! 🙂

When people park on MY road (I own it) and an old lady falls into one of those holes, who is liable?

Do they sue the County or me?

URL emailed to District 4 supervisor Jean Bishop for answers.