“It’s a disgrace to even call it a county road.”

“They are as bad as they have ever been.”

Those were comments Carol Hunter of Mershon and William Lowman of Offerman made to the Pierce County Commission on the condition of county dirt roads at the Oct. 5 board meeting.

Hunter complained that Boyette Road in Mershon is “like a river” when it rains.

“I’m a little old lady and I have a small car. I can’t climb into a jacked-up 4-by-4 to be able to get down my road,” she said.

She told commissioners she hasn’t seen any road graders or any road maintenance on her road for months until this past week when she asked to be put on the agenda to discuss the problem.

“You’ve got to fix the problem before you can maintain the road,” she said.

She asked commissioners to put in better ditches and culverts to improve drainage.

She mentioned the timber companies use the road and fill in what ditches are currently there.  

“I say a lot of prayers among other things when I travel down my road during rainy weather,” she quipped.

Lowman was next up.

He complained there are no ditches and no pipes on the roads around his home in the Offerman community. Lowman specifically complained about the poor road conditions on Gill Road, Shellie Trail, Creech Road and Mill Creek Road.

“They are all bad,” he said pointedly.

He lamented the fact that EMS and sheriff’s deputies have to travel on them to get to people who need help.

“Is there even a maintenance list to keep up with which roads have culverts installed and which ones are maintained?” he asked.

Fourth District Commissioner David Lowman told him there was.

Ala Mae Myles of Patterson was not on the agenda, but she asked to speak about road issues.

Myles said she had called to get on the agenda, but no one returned her calls.

“When I called back, I was told I was too late to get on the agenda,” she said.

Chairman Bennett allowed her to speak.

Myles asked when her road, Ala Mae Lane, was going to be fixed. Commissioner Mike Streat called a point of order, a rarely-used parliamentary procedure that points out an error in the rules of debate. The chair must rule on the point of order and Bennett moved on with the agenda.

He did inform Hunter, Lowman and Myles that all three road issues would be addressed.