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May 15, 2013

Commissioners vote to vacate two roads

Art Lawler Staff Writer adanewslawler@cableone.net
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Ada — Despite Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian’s opposition, county commissioners voted unanimously to vacate two strips of road in the county (1660 and 1670) at Monday’s Commissioners Court meeting.

The father and son from the Ruse family were on hand for the meeting, along with their attorney.

Christian told commissioners he opposed vacating the two roads because his deputies occasionally use those paths to get quickly from one side of the county to the other. 

“I understand John’s concerns,” said Commissioner Randy Floyd. “They’re concerned about response time, but the owners are worried about people who keep vandalizing the property.”

That land is located 4-5 miles south of Roff.The owners feared the little-used roads pose a danger to the  public and liability for both the business and the county.

“Granted, it doesn’t happen very often,” the sheriff said. “Still, normally when we need to use those roads it’s during an emergency situation and we’d have to re-route.” 

The valuable time lost, he indicated, could complicate efforts to catch criminals.

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