Walden said precinct No. 3 has a lot of older, narrow roads that are now carrying too much traffic. When addressing these roads, he said, safety will be the number one consideration.
Bud Williams asked about Old Brock Road, saying a rebuild for part of it is long overdue. Precinct No. 3 foreman Elton Glidewell replied that the engineering firm Freese and Nichols was supposed to be drawing up a plan, and some of the right-of-way must still be purchased.
Other concerns included rock mailboxes built dangerously close to the street; annual instead of biannual county clean-ups, resulting in more trash by the roadside; the noise and air pollution generated by the gas plant; and a request that roads built on hills be striped, to avoid collisions.
One resident said he’s asked to have a tree in the right-of-way of Ellis Drive removed for more than a year.
Many residents object when trees are cut down, Walden said.
“If it were up to me,” he said, “there wouldn’t be a tree in the right-of-way anywhere.”
Walden promised to “look at options” for county clean-ups, saying he believes the expensive events pay for themselves.
He said he has been told that recycling doesn’t benefit the county financially, but instead costs about $400 to empty a filled dumpster.
Walden said there were no surprises as residents shared their issues, but he was refreshed by the way they approached presenting them.
“They didn’t have unrealistic expectations,” he said. “They just wanted conditions to be better.”
Walden’s three other forums will be conducted Feb. 21 at the Brock Community Center, 625 Olive Branch Road, in Weatherford; March 5 at ESD No. 6 Fire Station, 6300 Granbury Highway, in Weatherford; and March 7 at the Millsap Community Center, 104 Fannin, in Millsap. All the meetings begin at 7 p.m.