Boswell Road’s poor condition draws candidates to home gathering

Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Mayor candidates Burt Brown, Bill Green and Richard Stewart take a moment to relax at a recent meeting held to determine what it would take to get Boswell Road, near Tims Ford State Park, resurfaced.

Mayor candidates Burt Brown, Bill Green and Richard Stewart take a moment to relax at a recent meeting held to determine what it would take to get Boswell Road, near Tims Ford State Park, resurfaced.

A road leading to the edge of Tims Ford Lake has also led to a pronounced movement by area residents to get county government to widen and improve it.

Fred and Kathy Galanga held a special meeting Thursday evening at their home to discuss the issues with county government candidates to get Boswell Road — near the north Franklin County line toward Tims Ford State Park — resurfaced.

Mr. Galanga said he has tried for several years to get the county to appropriate funds to pave the graveled sections of a road he describes as “not the worst in Franklin County but close to it.” He added that the word he’s received annually is that the county’s funds are tight, and there’s not enough money available to get the job done.

Franklin County mayor candidates Democrat Richard Stewart, Republican Bill Green and Independent Burt Brown were present at the special meeting held on Thursday.

Also attending the meeting were county commission, District 3, Seat A candidates Republican Dave Van Buskirk and Independent Reggie Dotson.

Mr. Galanga stated his disappointment in the candidates that were invited but did not show up, but was very appreciative to the ones who made their appearance.

“The candidates that showed up, voiced their opinions and made their suggestions, and it gives us, as residents, a better outlook at who will be in offi ce,” Mr. Galanga said. “We know the road is not going to be fixed immediately we just want our voice to be heard. It’s a major inconvenience for the people that live here, and we hope to find a solution.”

On Thursday residents of Boswell Road contributed their opinions and concerns about the damaged road and major safety issues they all have to travel on to get to their homes.

Around 15 residents took their place in the Galanga home, one by one, voicing their suggestions and concerns including, Greg Browning.

“I have to warn family members before they come down the road to watch out for potholes and not to drive too fast,” he said.

Resident Rick Courtney echoed Browning’s statement.

“For the two mile road, we drive 5 miles an hour and hope and pray that another vehicle is not coming around the bends of the road,” he said.

Mr. Galanga further explained his assessment about the road’s condition.

“Boswell Road is a major safety concern,” he said. “The school bus will not even drive down it to pick up kids.”

The county mayor candidates voiced their opinions during the meeting, all three agreeing something needs to be done about the road’s condition. They said they understand the area residents’ concern and agreed, if elected, they will be looking further into the issue.

Green provided his stance on the matter.

“The road is terrible,” he said. “If the right of conveyance is approved, we will find funds to improve it.”

The right of conveyance process involves affected property owners giving up right of way necessary to widen the road, he said. He added that if all property owners agree to sell their right of way, the State of Tennessee Department of Transportation may chip in to help with the funding.

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