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Gathering info on those ‘plowed in’

Letter to the Editor

Grangeville Highway District does not plow out driveways, nor did anyone ask them to. However, when the foreman was asked if they would clear a five-foot berm that was plowed into an access, he replied, “I am not gonna clear every access.” Not every access is going to accumulate such a berm; however, driveways with drifts on the county road in just the right place receive four- to five-foot berms, “absolutely impassable,” even with a 4x4 vehicle.

If you don’t own a heavy piece of equipment of some kind, a shovel seems a tad unreasonable for a berm this size, and especially for a 78-year-old female widow who nearly died due to a heart condition. When the foreman was asked about the “liability” of denying residents police, fire and medical rescue, his reply was “I don’t know.”

I was given a list of “priorities” – no. 1, school bus, no. 2, mail, and no. 3, public access to the county road – but, apparently this access means from the state highway or other county road to said county road, not access for property owners, because that is clearly being denied in many areas.

I would like to gather photos and testimonials from Idaho County residents who are also experiencing this issue of being “plowed in” by the Grangeville Highway District. Please contact me via my cell phone at 208-507-2028. I would love pictures sent to this phone with a general location as I do plan to seek resolve in this matter. You may remain anonymous. Please specify at the time of submitting photos, but I do need a general location and would still like to speak with you.

Michelle Powell



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