Lone Grove residents’ drives became a little smoother after Carter County Commissioner Jerry Alvord donated his crew and machinery to help repave two roads in the city’s limits.
Quail Ridge Street and Thousand Oaks Street have been in a state of disrepair for years, Lone Grove City Manager Ian O’Neil said. The city hoped to repair the roads, but without machinery or sufficient funds the task seemed impossible— until Alvord signed his crew up.
“We’re so grateful that he helped us and supported Lone Grove in such a way,” O’Neil said. “We wouldn’t have been able to do it without his help. We don’t have the equipment or the manpower.”
The two roads received new chip and seal layers about a week ago as crews finished up construction.
Alvord said deciding to help out wasn’t a tough decision because Lone Grove is part of Carter County.
“I enjoy doing things like this because these are roads the citizens will use for a long time,” Alvord said. “That’s what this job is about. It’s about giving back to the community. Everything we do as commissioners is about giving back to the citizens because it’s their tax dollars we’re working with.”
Alvord estimated that if Lone Grove would have hired a contractor to do the work it would have cost the city around $5,000 after the cost of fuel, labor, and machinery were all added up. The jobs took Alvord and his crew a mere seven hours to complete and, because he was short on staff, Alvord himself had to jump in and operate some machinery.
“We do whatever we can to help,” Alvord said. “Those two roads were in dire shape.”