Wakulla County Residents Want Roads Paved in Private Neighborhoods

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

Several residents in private Wakulla county subdivsions are speaking out about making improvements to their neighborhood - some including paving the roads.

Jennifer McCollum is one of several residents who lives in the Summerwind community who says the improvement need to be made.

She says, "A lot of people speed down the roads and stuff, and a lot of potholes,and if it's a paved road if it's a paved road it'll probably slow down a little bit more I hope."

She goes on to say, "Getting the roads paved would look nicer and bring more value to the community."

In this community, folks say some FED EX trucks won't deliver and school buses have threatened not to go down.

Robby Coles, who is also in favor of getting the roads paved says driving up and down the unpaved bumpy roads is not something he enjoys making a part of his daily routine.

Coles says, "Every time I come home from school, I drive my car up and down these roads and I gotta wash it before I go back out."

Many residents living in the Summerwind and Springwood subdivisions really want their roads paved, but many don't know the first step in getting it done.

Wakulla County Commissioner Alan Brock says, "If Summerwood and Springwood wants to have their roads paved, they could collect signatures, have a ballot maield to them and we could tax them locally and move forward in paving the road."

Brock says the neighborhoods can apply through the county as a neighborhood tax and the county can help make the necessary neighborhood improvements.

The Wakulla County Commission will host a public Infrastructure workshop Thursday, January 6th from 5 PM - 7PM to decide the next steps on ways private subdivsions can make improvements in their communities.

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  • by kb Location: Fallwood on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:41 AM
    I don't have a problem with paying for paving the road, as long as everyone else who gets their road paved also has to pay. I just want to know that my tax dollars don't go to subsidize a development while the long term residents of the county get left behind.
  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Jan 6, 2011 at 08:18 PM
    Taxation without representation!! Wakulla Gardens!! Wakulla Gardens first with the paving. But, oh, I'm sorry. I'm dreaming aloud. Wakulla county will never ever pave where a developer or commissioner does not live. Asphalt polititics.......
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    I use to live on a dirt road.
  • by Lorrie Location: Summerwood on Jan 6, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    I'm confused - the procedures Commissioner Brook mentioned has been done /not to mention meets with Staff and Administors - this isn't a new issue -homeowner on private roads have had this problem for years - if you didn't know/then you've been living under a rock - do your research - every year this has come to the Board -- come visit Summerwood and Fallwood - bring your 4 wheel drive - the school district has had to suspend routes several times each year until homeowners can raise enough money to have dirt brought in /and have smoothed - this last until the next storm - I do understand about speeders - we have them - but, what fun when we have when a good rain storm comes - we then have the mud boggings - which makes conditions even more wonderful. Most of the homeowers are long time residence and each year pray for a change. Please let it be this year.
  • by RG Location: Crawfordville on Jan 6, 2011 at 12:32 PM
    I suggest taking up a collection in the community or having the county levy a local tax for you all. County tax money should not be used to pave and maintain a private community. It doesn't matter if you want it or feel entitled to it.
  • by jen Location: crawfordville on Jan 6, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    Rick is so right!!! Developers do not pay their share, and we get taxed and they get a free ride to come in and build more, and not pay for the infrastructure. The infrastructure should be in place ahead of time, and the people who are making the money off of the projects should pay their share....not let the Board of County Commissioners waive those fees so that we, the tax payers, can pay for the developers portion of the fees.
  • by Anonymous Location: Crawfordville on Jan 6, 2011 at 09:34 AM
    I live in Summerwind and would LOVE for someone to pave it!!!.....it is a mess! and it would help with the dust! and as far as the tax money?? I'm thinking it would be well worth it!....JUST PAVE IT!!!! and they ones that don't want it paved I will not understand the reason unless maybe you have horses?...just make a trail on the side of the road or something there is way more cars than horses going down it!
  • by Rick Dickuolus Location: Crawfordville on Jan 6, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    This is exactly the type of thing that growth management is suppose to prevent. Infrasturcture is supposed to be made available concurrent with development. Not passing the costs along to taxpayers long after the developer has collected his/her pound of flesh and moved on. It appears that this is the path Mr. Scott wants to lead us down again.
  • by truth Location: fl on Jan 6, 2011 at 07:22 AM
    paving this road will increase speed.how can the county work on private property? stop allowing developers to sub-divide property without paving roads private or public ! private roads should use a msbu and pay for the paving over a few years thur their property taxes.if they did not want a private road they should have bought on a public road!!!!
  • by Gimme on Jan 6, 2011 at 06:55 AM
    You want.... but you don't want to pay...
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