Armed with a list of things she’d like to see done in her neighborhood, Viredia Saylor, of Harlan, made her requests known at a meeting of the Harlan Fiscal Court on Thursday.
Saylor first asked that a culvert in Sunshine on Gilbert Street be repaired.
“It’s a small culvert and overflows into a lady’s yard and is damaging her property,” said Saylor. “Trash is coming down and filling the culvert up. Water runs down in front of my house behind the rock store about knee deep.”
Providing photographs of all her complaints to members of the court, Saylor said an area of roadway near the Kentucky Utilities storage facility in Sunshine has narrowed near a “big culvert” and there are “thick bushes” in the curve in that area which are blocking view of the roadway creating a hazard for motorists.
“These bushes are a very dangerous situation, because you can’t see a car coming and they can’t see you in that curve,” said Saylor.
County Road Supervisor Marvin Goins said this is a state highway, but they will notify the necessary personnel about this situation.
“One last thing, we need a walking path from the rock store to the Dressen Bridge in the worse way,” said Saylor. “It’s a danger to someone being killed walking on this roadway. A woman walking was hit by a car on this stretch of roadway about a month ago. She was hurt and went to the hospital. People walk from the housing project over to Sav-A-Lot Grocery to shop. They don’t have cars so they have to walk to go where they need to go. There is just no place to get off the road. If you are in a vehicle and you get over to avoid those people walking then you are facing a head-on collision with another vehicle.”
Saylor said there is a blind couple with a child who live in the area with a seeing-eye dog and they have “quit going to the grocery” because they are afraid of being killed walking on the roadway.
“It’s a bad situation,” said Saylor. “People have got their fences so close to the right-of-way that there is no place for people to get off the road.”
Magistrate Jim Roddy agreed with Saylor saying the roadway is narrow with hardly any right-of-way.
“It’s probably best if we contact the state and see if they do, in fact, have a right-of-way in the Sunshine area,” said Roddy.
Saylor said she would appreciate any help the county can give her and the residents of Sunshine with these issues.
“We’ll contact the state and see what we can get them to do,” said Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop.
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