8 thoughts on “Lee Waskom – Our Roads in Natchitoches Parish

  1. While we recognize that the roads all over the parish are in bad condition, we would like to see that Payne Subdivision get some attention. We have been told time and time again that there was Capitol Overlay money to fix our roads and NOTHING…I repeat NOTHING has been done. We are tax paying citizens and we will make note of this come election time. We are not asking for favoritism but we are asking just to be treated fairly. Our subdivision has been in existence for over 40 years and the roads have never been done. We hope that Mr. Waskom will be the change agent to help us get better roads.

  2. If you want to lose weight just go down Collins road it will shake it off o,f you , that road is almost getting impassable

    • Yes there need to b new people in office i do not live there but born n raise there n all roads in the natchitoches need to b repaired what happen to the parish workers what ie going on with th people that sit behind a desk smile at u n make promises to get electrd n afterward do not remember the promises get real folks

  3. I ran the road maintenance crew for a large timber company. My two-man crew, with occasional help as needed, maintained over 400 miles of roads, culverts, bridges, ditches all as needed. These were all gravel roads, no blacktop. After I took over that crew it required two years to get caught up, but after that we were able to maintain the roads in about 7-9 months of work each year and I contracted out the crew the other months to generate revenue for the company.

    We had roads in 13 parishes so we had the added burden of moving our equipment. Had all 400 miles been concentrated in 1 or 2 parishes we could have maintained our roads in 4-5 months each year. These roads were so smooth you didn’t realize they were gravel. Yes, after heavy rains we had some washouts and/or the road would feel like a washboard. But when we discovered these or they were reported to us, I dispatched the crew to fix them…usually within a week.

    My total operating budget was $120,000 annually. That was for salaries, materials, equipment maintenance, etc… Yes sometimes I would have to request additional funds for special projects, such as replacing bridges in a given fiscal year. Note this, we had to provide suitable roads and bridges such that log trucks, weighing 40 tons, could safely pass over them.

    I take no credit for any of this. My two-man crew were experienced, skilled and knew what needed to be done. As supervisor I had only to remove obstacles from their way so they could do their jobs…which they did very well. Road maintenance is not rocket science. It doesn’t have to be hard.

    Now, I will add, these were all company roads, private roads, although they were used by the public, including school busses. I did not have to seek permission from anyone to fix a problem. Perhaps in a public entity, such as a parish government, there is all kinds of “red tape,” and that is part of the problem.

    • Oh, one more note, my salary was not included in that $120K budget. I had other duties to perform for the company. I was really a part-time supervisor of the road crew. I also had such small matters to attend such as forest management, timber contracts, managing oil & gas easements, and other assigned duties.

    • Jim, why don’t you run for parish president? You showed initiative and creativity as the crew’s supervisor and even were able to generate extra money for the company when you sent the workers out to do other work during the months they weren’t working on the roads. Do I even need to say that worn-out phrase “You’re just the kind of man we’re looking for”….?

      • Thank you, but there is more to being parish president than just maintaining roads. Although that does appear to be the single most important issue. I am not very political. Have a bad habit of speaking my mind and offering honest opinions. That works well in the corporate world where the bottom line, “getting the job done” matters the most, and not so well in the public sector.

        However, I will entertain a position of supervisor of road maintenance, provided I am given free reign to run it the way it needs to be run. That’s what I had for the timber company. “Results!” is all they cared about. I doubt if any governing body would be comfortable with the corporate model.

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