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Wichita County One Step Closer to Getting Road Grant

Roads in Wichita County could soon be getting some much needed repair.
Roads in Wichita County could soon be getting some much needed repair.

Monday morning county commissioners discussed applying for a road work grant that will help repair damage from oil production trucks.

Before the county can secure the grant, they need to make the areas they want to repair into county energy reinvestment zones.

Commissioners are now meeting to decide what areas they want to designate a zone.

County Judge Woody Gossom says the law is unclear right now so they do not know if they will make one large zone or a few smaller ones but what ever land is picked will be maintained for years to come.

“Lets say there's an increase in value, not a tax increase but an increase in value,  that increase money then goes into a fund that continues to maintain the roads and keep them up at maybe a little higher level then we do now because there would be more funds available and designated for that road way,” says Judge Gossom.

Roads in many counties in which oil fracking recovery has been increasing have seen more and more damage to roads.

Commissioners are hoping to get between one and two million dollars in road repair funds.

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