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AG sends opinion on 911 roads in Oktibbeha County

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AG Jim Hood says Oktibbeha County cannot direct its road department to fix roads on private property.

Posted: Dec. 28, 2017 3:13 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) – The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office says Oktibbeha County cannot direct its road department fix roads on private property.

The Starkville Daily News reports the Board of Supervisors sent a letter to Attorney General Jim Hood stating there are several private roads and driveways used by county emergency responders when answering emergency calls.

The board said the roads have been assigned an E-911 address and are in need of repair.

The newspaper reports the county asked if it could direct the road department to repair the potholes and widen private roads for the safety of first responders.

“A county may not repair, maintain or improve roads on private property, and rights of ways must be acquired by or donated to the county prior to any county funds being spent on such right of way,” stated the AG.

District 4 Supervisor Bricklee Miller said the county is currently looking at ways to address maintenance of private roads frequented by county vehicles. 

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