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Future of Seneca Special Road District remains unclear

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The future of the Seneca Special Road District remains unclear.

A petition group working to dissolve the district held a public meeting tonight to discuss options, before giving input to Newton County commissioners, who are working to find a solution.

Petitioners are continuing their efforts to dissolve the Seneca Special Road District, and turn the 142 miles over to the Newton County Common Road District.

"We want it dissolved, and that's what we're going to stand by," said Gerald Marble, petitioner.

In a meeting last week, county commissioners laid out a proposal to keep the special district in existence, but supported by county services.

"We were asking really for a little more time to give it a chance to work," said Jim Jackson, Newton County commissioner.

The proposal also called for different leadership, but current road district commissioners have indicated they will not resign.

"What was going to happen afterwards?," said Ed Craven, commissioner for the Seneca Special Road District. "Who was going to replace us? Would anybody replace us? We just don't know what's going on in the future there."

Excluding the call for his resignation, Craven says he supports the majority of the rest of the proposal made by county commissioners.

"Anytime you can use more resources to help our community and our roads, yes, I'm absolutely in favor of that," Craven said.

Petitioners argue dissolving the Seneca Special Road District entirely, would bring better knowledge, oversight and accountability.

"We're just wanting the supervision and the financial ability for somebody to oversee it, and that's the County Common," Marble said.

County commissioners say they are working hard to find the best solution in a difficult decision.

"It's going to take everyone working together," Jackson said. "There are going to be sacrifices on both sides. From the petition group, from the county commission, and especially from the Seneca Special Road District, to make this effort successful."

The final decision is ultimately up to Newton County commissioners, who plan to further discuss the topic in a meeting next week.
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