It's a Dirty Job, But...

Pauline Powell says for the past 32 years, life has been a little bumpy. That's how long she's lived along Powell Circle, just north of Quincy, and doesn't agree with the notion of dirt roads equaling southern charm.

Pauline says, "I want a paved road. It won't take that much from the county flavor to have our road paved where we don't have to worry about slipping into mud when it rains."

Marlon Brown has been Gadsden County's manager for about a week, and his plate is already full working on the county's approved list of streets needing a makeover. He claims the county wasn't aggressive in this effort a few years back. Now, county officials are making up for lost time.

Marlon says, "They did probably about five miles every year, if that much. The county really got on top of its program and really wanted to get this done."

Brown says the county has a long list, including 130 miles of roads, and paving only 25 miles each year it would take five years to complete every project on the list.

Meanwhile, those living along the dirt roads say speaking up about the problem still works.

Timothy Lane says, "We found out we weren't on the paving list because we haven't complained. As the old saying goes, ‘the squeaky wheel gets the grease.’ "

As a new policy, Brown says if your unpaved road is near a road being paved, yours will be paved as well.