Cash-strapped towns look to cash-strapped Jefferson Co. for road

Cash-strapped towns look to cash-strapped Jefferson Co. for road repairs

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A residential road in Lipscomb. Source: WBRC video A residential road in Lipscomb. Source: WBRC video
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Some small Jefferson County towns can't afford to fix their roads and they are hoping financially-strapped Jefferson County can help them out.

If you look at some of the roads in Lipscomb you can see there are problems.

"They are horrible. They have been like this for 20 years. They damage a lot of cars. So I just wish the county would go ahead and get the roads rights," James Hutchins, Lipscomb homeowner, said.

Lipscomb Mayor Lance McDade said he cannot afford to buy equipment or material to repave damaged roads in his town.

"Most cities get lawsuits. We got to settle lawsuits. Us it's related to our roads damaging vehicles. We have numerous roads that need attention," McDade said.

This week Jefferson County Commissioner Sandra Little Brown asked County Manager Tony Petelos to try and find extra funding to help out struggling cities like Lipscomb.

"Cities like Brighton and Lipscomb just don't have the money to buy material. They are a still a part of Jefferson County and we must look out for them," Brown said.

Petelos understands the cities' needs but the county manager said their resources are still limited.

"To get up to the level of jobs we were doing in the past we still don't have the revenue stream we need," Petelos said.

Petelos said the county is investing one time money into buying more equipment of roads and transportation to help meet the county's road needs but Petelos said he doesn't believe the county can help out small cities in Jefferson County.

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