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Upgrade sought for State Rt. 269

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bedford County Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution asking the state to improve State Route 269 between Bell Buckle and Wartrace.

Commissioners Don Gallagher and Bobby Fox asked the commission's rules and legislative committee to consider the issue, and Gallagher spoke at the rules committee and presented a draft resolution Tuesday evening.

The rules committee placed the measure on the full commission's Oct. 9 agenda with a recommendation for passage.

School growth

Cascade School is located along the highway, and it has grown from an enrollment of 720 students as a K-12 school in 1976 to a campus with a total enrollment of 1,521 students today, with annual growth of 10.8 percent over the past decade, according to the resolution.

Subdivisions have also been built in the area in the years since the school has been in operation. The highway is used by teachers, parents, school buses and driving-age teenagers.

The road, which has numerous twists and turns, has seen no significant improvements since before the school opened, according to the resolution.

Many accidents

The resolution states that there have been 17 personal injury accidents and 24 property damage accidents over the past five and a half years.

Gallahger said that State Sen. Jim Tracy was approached about the highway, and Tracy said it would be helpful if the county commission passed a resolution asking the state to improve the highway.

Commissioner Jimmy Woodson, who is also a school bus driver, said he was driving a pep bus to Huntland last week and saw skid marks on two different curves on the highway.

Beer petition dropped

The committee had been scheduled to again discuss proposals for changing the county's package beer sales regulations, but Commissioner J.D. "Bo" Wilson told the committee that the markets that had been requesting the change were withdrawing their applications, due to the "polarization and turmoil" they had caused.

Markets in the Bedford and Flat Creek areas had asked the county to reduce the minimum distance between a church and a market selling beer, saying they needed beer sales to survive in a competitive environment. Some neighbors and members of the nearby churches had objected, saying beer sales would negatively affect the neighborhood.

Meeting system

The commission's law enforcement committee, also meeting Tuesday, was shown a demonstration by BIS Digital of a system which would computerize the commission's agenda and minutes and make streaming audio and/or video of county meetings available to the public through the county's web site.

The recordings would be bookmarked in synch with the online minutes, so that a citizen looking at the web site could click on an agenda item and jump directly to the part of the meeting in which he or she was interested, without having to listen to the entire recording.

Other BIS Digital products are being used by local courts, for record-keeping and for remote video arraignments.

County Mayor Eugene Ray asked BIS Digital representative Jody Holland to return for a second presentation so that County Clerk Kathy Prater, who takes minutes for the meetings of the full commission, could be present.