The letter further states that Riley told Bennett the road would be rebuilt by Jan. 1, 2014, which Riley also denies.
An April 7 conversation with Precinct 2 Commissioner Craig Peacock is mentioned in the letter, stating that Peacock told Bennett that he’d heard the bid for the road had come in at $1.5 million, but only $1 million was available. Bennett said Peacock told him he thought Precinct 2 could do the work for the lesser amount and was considering getting started this summer.
“My neighbors and I want a proper road,” Bennett wrote, saying he asked Peacock whether the county had the expertise and equipment to deal with the road’s drainage and safety issues.
“We presumed that we would get one when we voted for and supported the transportation bond issue,” he wrote. “There is a dangerous unbanked curve on the road where several accidents have occurred.”
Peacock later confirmed Bennett’s statements, saying between $800,000 to $1 million is all the funding that’s available.
“I think we could do it ourselves and do a good job,” he said, “but it might not be this week or the next.”
Peacock said his predecessor, Charles Brinkley, put Maddux on a list of potential transportation bond projects which included Poolville Cutoff Road and Old Agnes Road, both which have now been completed.
Bennett’s letter concludes with requests for the bid forms and engineering specifications for the road, as well as the bids received; motions and votes on re-bidding the job; the most recent traffic count for Maddux, as well as the pre- and post-construction traffic counts for roads that have been improved with transportation bond funds; and the amount of funds available from the sale of any authorized but unsold transportation bonds.
Maddux Road was never authorized as a transportation bond project by a specific vote, Riley said, and the public knew that to be the case.