Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker had to tell a woman to sit down after berating supervisors Monday morning following a series of heated discussions about roads. 

Earlier, at the second February board meeting, residents of District 4 questioned why money allocated for their roads had been removed by other supervisors and some carried on that conversation Monday. 

Victor Pittman of 401 Cane Creek Road said there may be “one little piece of solid asphalt” on the road that is made up of patchwork on top of patchwork. 

“I have been dropped out of planes in many continents,” he said, saying the condition of Cane Creek Road is the worst he’s ever seen. 

“For us to sit here in this county with as much wealth that is sitting here, I don’t see any reason why we have to wait another 15 years to have that road repaved,” he said. “It’s a nightmare to travel down there.”

Tim Barker of 151 Teresa Lane said he and 40 other area residents met last week to talk about the road conditions. He pointed to the unanimous vote in October 2018 to fund the roads and less than four months later they were removed from the funded road plan. 

Board President Trey Baxter, who voted with District 1 Supervisor Sheila Jones and District 5 Supervisor Paul Griffin to transfer $850,600 off roads in District 4 to other roads, said one of the roads they changed was Bozeman Road, which he said sees nearly 20,000 cars a day.

“We’re still taxpayers,” Barker said. “That road has been in horrible shape for years and years.”

Barker said he wanted an answer of when the road will be fixed, adding they will come to every meeting and ask if they had to.

“I know we’re beating a dead horse, but we have to drive on a dead horse every day,” he said. 

Baxter said he couldn’t give Barker an answer on when the roads would be fixed. 

Sheila Hill of 112 Grandwood Drive then took the podium to continue to argue for funding to fix the streets inside Hampton Hills where the different phases of the neighborhood meet up. 

Supervisor Jones said she spoke with residents in District 1 and their concern wasn’t with the streets, it was with the flooding, much of which was out of the county’s control. 

The two kept interrupting each other, with Hill telling Jones “you’ve got to let me talk.”

Supervisor Griffin asked the county engineer what the least expensive fix for the roads would be other than a $165,000 complete overhaul, saying he wasn’t committing that much to one area. 

At one point, Hill interrupted Griffin as he spoke.  

“You don’t tell me to wait,” Griffin responded. “I’m up here. You’re at the podium.”

Hill then told Griffin not to interrupt her. The two carried on before Griffin asked Baxter to control the meeting or he would. 

Hill wanted to ask one more thing, but Jones said “No,” and then the Sheriff interjected. Hill again told Baxter to “wait,” before he said, “I am the president. I asked you to sit down.”

Later in the meeting, supervisors lashed out at each other when Bishop once again tried to fund the roads in District 4. He claimed his district didn’t receive any money from $17 million worth of road bonds issued by the county over the last three years. 

Bishop said he had roads included on an $8 million plan and a $5.7 million plan, only to be removed. He said none of his roads were included on a $3.3 million plan to begin with.

“I deserve the answer because I do represent them,” he told the board. “They deserve that because they pay taxes like everyone else does.”

Jones told Bishop that when the $8 million plan was passed that he and other supervisors intentionally left Baxter’s roads off the list. 

“My recollection is the very first bond Trey was cut out,” she said. “I put his roads under my name and nobody realized it was his roads. Then the board flipped. Y’all wouldn’t let him put anything on there. It’s cut both ways, to be honest.”

Bishop argued Trey at least had roads on there even if they were put on by Jones and all of his roads were taken off. 

“You didn’t want him to get any money,” she said. “That’s the whole point.”

Jones then said she gave Bishop some state aid road money for roads in his district. 

Bishop made a motion to fund $850,600 worth of road repairs in his district with money from the general fund, but it failed 3-2, with Bishop and District 3 Supervisor Gerald Steen voting in favor. Had they taken money from the general fund, the county would have had to also give upwards of $600,000 to the cities, bringing the total spend to approximately $1.4 million. 

“It seems like every meeting we’re busting the budget,” Jones said. “We’ve modified this budget so much.”