By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
RIPLEY – The Tippah County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing Friday to determine if two county roads should be placed on the county road map after an error left them off the last printing.
Half a dozen residents of County Road 575 attended the meeting to voice both support and objections to placing the road on the official map.
Resident Ellis Davis said the road had been maintained by the county since at least the 1960s and other residents agreed. However, County Road Manager Larry Jackson said the county only has been maintaining the road about nine years.
Glenn Sweatman spoke for county road residents who opposed placing the road on the county map, saying it is a private road.
Ultimately, supervisors decided to return both C.R. 575 and C.R. 577 to the map because they had been omitted in error. No one who objected to C.R. 577’s status.
The board also heard from two residents of a county road across from Blue Mountain Production who said the road is in dire need of repair and endangers children who must catch the school bus at the road near Highway 15.
They confirmed the road is owned by Ricky Derrick, owner of six rental properties on the road. Supervisors said since it is a private drive, the county cannot perform any work there. Supervisors urged residents to approach Derrick about signing the road over to the county and see if Oil Dri owns any of the road.