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Ann Melton: We are losing the war against vegetation

By Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton

The Adair County Road Department currently maintains over 600 miles of county roads in Adair County. Presently, we are unable to keep our right-of-ways maintained at the level we feel deserved by the taxpayers of Adair County. Do we hire more people, purchase additional mowing equipment or let the vegetation continue to stay ahead of us?


Spraying county road right-of-ways with herbicide will certainly add increased visibility and more importantly, increased safety for our motorists who travel our county roads.

The use of chemical herbicide has long been recognized by the agricultural community as an efficient, labor saving way to control unwanted vegetation in crops; why not County road right-of-ways? The total amount of chemical used by the County would be quite small compared to a no-till grain farmer.

Adair County Road Department employees who apply the spray will be well trained in the use of the chemical application and certified by the State. The State Highway Department has used this method very successfully for the last few years.

The Adair County Fiscal Court and I are constantly faced with ever-changing information that must be waded through. However, at the end of the day we always strive to do what is in the best interest of the citizens in our community. We appreciate your concerns and will continue to research the issue. A decision by the Adair County Fiscal Court will be made at a later date. Jerri Nixon


This story was posted on 2013-09-11 15:21:39
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