Racine Residents Voice Concerns for City Road Conditions

By Bryan McLoone | bmcloone@nexstar.tv

Published 06/18 2014 09:02PM

Updated 06/18 2014 10:15PM

RACINE, MO.--- Racine Resident Curtis Cotten says the current city road conditions are the worst he's seen.       

"There's no maintenance to them at all. There's a lot of chug holes, and some of them pretty severe," said Curtis Cotten, Racine Resident. "It's just dangerous. I wish someone would do something about it."        
He doesn't know who's responsibility it is to fix the roads.

"In the past, tried to get a hold of Newton County. I've tried to get a hold of Neosho because everybody keeps telling me anytime I go anywhere, it's not our district, it's so and so's," he said. 

"Where ever the road is located, that district is responsible for all the roads in that district. It would be encompassed in the Seneca Road District," said Marilyn Ruestman, Newton County Presiding Commissioner.

Newton County Presiding Commissioner Marilyn Ruestman says the county has no authority to decide what roads get worked on within the county's eight road districts.      

"The final decision will be made within that road district," said Ruestman. 

Racine falls under the Seneca Road District. We made several calls today to get a comment about the roads in Racine. We have yet to receive a call back. In the meantime, Racine residents will have to drive on the current road conditions. 

"You know, somebody needs to get off their butt and do something," said Cotten. 

Ruestman says the roads could also be the responsibility of the City of Racine to maintain as well. Racine residents can go to a public meeting every third Monday of the month at the Seneca Road Barn at 7 p.m. to discuss road conditions.  

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