MOUNT VERNON — Joe Filipowicz of Howard met with the Knox County Commissioners last week to express concern for the condition of Monroe Mills Road near his home. The commissioners talked with Filipowicz about his concern, but recommended that he speak with county engineer Jim Henry because county roads are the engineer’s responsibility.
Filipowicz said he had exchanged e-mails with Henry and was advised that nothing could be done until Spring.
“I travel Monroe Mills quite a bit,” Filipowicz said, “As a senior citizen, the road is in a bad state according to my standards. There are no stripes and on a moonless night, it’s more scary than a ride up at Lake Erie. The road’s been patched. It has patches upon patches, upon patches.”
He said that he has lived in his home for four years and in that time he has not seen lines painted on that road. He said that it is difficult to see the road when it’s foggy.
“What I’m asking is that Monroe Mills Road be given a priority because there’s a lot of traffic, and a lot of fast traffic, truck traffic, and a lot of school busses.”
He also said that if something had to be given priority due to a limited budget, the striping should be a priority. Filipowicz said that he was pursuing the issue for “the people of Apple Valley.”
“My understanding of the law,” said Filipowicz, “is that you guys (the commissioners) control the purses.”
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