Meeting will address whether to continue maintaining XIT Road

 By Kay Braddock

The Prairie County Board of Commission is seeking public input as to whether to continue maintaining the XIT Road north of Terry. Commissioners are weighing the option of building up an alternative route near the existing XIT Road, that leads to the same destination. 
A meeting addressing the matter has been scheduled for August 2 at 7 p.m. at the Prairie County Courthouse.
This issue first came up in October of last year, when Mark Schritz petitioned the board to abandon the current XIT Road in favor of establishing an alternative route, that had been in use. At the October 19, 2010 public meeting, which was well attended by north side residents, commissioners determined the overall consensus of the group was to keep both the XIT Road and establish the alternative route, according to a July 21, 2011 letter sent from the commissioners addressed to constituents affected by the XIT Road.
But according to the letter, keeping both routes has become problematic for the county.
“The Commissioners’ dilemma on the XIT road is that we cannot politically and monetarily keep both roads as Prairie County responsibility to maintain and declare county roads,” the letter states.
Commissioners are asking constituents to support either maintaining the XIT Road or establishing the alternative route.

Published July 27, 2011

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