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Access Road Issue Concerns Board

By Staff | Sep 9, 2015

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler County Board of Education held on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, the condition of the emergency access road to the Sistersville Elementary School was discussed with no solution to the problem. Board members agreed the road is nearly impassable but the question is who is responsible for the repairs and the associated costs.

Superintendent Robin Daquilante said she has spoken to the county and the state and both deny ownership of the road. She said the school does not own it and she has the county attorney Luke Furbee doing a deed search to try and find out who owns it. Board member P.J. Wells doesn’t believe the road is even repairable.

“There are holes in the road that you could lose a car in,” said Wells.

Board President Bonnie Henthorn asked if the board would be able to make some repairs as she feels it is a safety issue. Board member Jimmy Wyatt said the problem is a legal issue, if you don’t own the property, you can’t work on it.

He said it might turn out the people who live on the road own it. Wells said he doesn’t know how they can even get to their homes because the road is so bad. It was agreed it is an issue of safety and a solution needs to be found.