The streets in Dickson’s Murphy Addition will be a little less bumpy once District 1 Commissioner Bill McLaughlin’s road crew has a chance to grade the surfaces and fill the worst potholes and ruts with gravel.


The streets in Dickson’s Murphy Addition will be a little less bumpy once District 1 Commissioner Bill McLaughlin’s road crew has a chance to grade the surfaces and fill the worst potholes and ruts with gravel.

McLaughlin received a letter from Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Reding Thursday confirming the Town of Dickson is responsible for maintaining the subdivision’s streets. County officials are prohibited from working on private property but may assist municipalities with their streets and other property when requested to do so. McLaughlin wanted to be certain the Murphy Addition’s streets were indeed the town’s responsibility and not the developer’s or homeowners’ before he honored the Dickson trustees’ request for help.

Developer Milton Murphy donated $3,000 to the town so officials can purchase gravel for street improvements. The town has limited funds for street maintenance but may be able to provide a few truckloads of gravel, Mayor Robbie White said. McLaughlin said he would provide some gravel, as well.

McLaughlin said he would ask his road foreman to visit the Murphy Addition soon to determine the scope of the project. The commissioner said work should begin within the next 30 days or so.

“We are going to go out there and cover the worst spots with gravel, and then we will start up front and work our way on back until the $3,000 worth of gravel is gone,” he said. “I can’t do anything about the drainage, but I’ll gravel it and keep it graded.”