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Court discusses private road signs

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During last week’s regular meeting, the Bastrop County Commissioners Court discussed the possibility of changing the policy for providing road name signs for the numerous private roads throughout the county.

County engineer Carolyn Dill said the county’s policy has been to provide the first sign for private roads, but after that, it’s the responsibility of the residents. Her suggestion is that the county should be responsible for road signs on all private roads that intersect county roads.

“It is a public safety issue,” Dill said.

County Judge Paul Pape asked county emergency communications director Dawn Adams how first responders use these street signs when responding to emergency calls. She echoed Dill’s comment, saying they get a lot of calls from people referencing homemade street signs that aren’t on their map, and emphasized that road signs are very important for first responders.

Pape suggested that the county be responsible for signs on private roads with county-approved names, but would not be responsible for signs on private roads that have not had their names approved through the county.

However, Precinct 2 Commissioner Clara Beckett said some of these roads show up in official 911 addresses, even if the county has not approved the name.

“If somebody put a homemade sign out there that’s not recognized on our 911 database, that’s another thing,” Beckett said.

Pape concluded by suggesting: if an official 911 address, even on a private road, is issued, the county could be responsible for making sure the signs are there and uniform so that first responders can see them.

The item was just for discussion only and an action item could be brought back to the court in the future.

Technical assistance for parks plan accepted

The county accepted a grant from the National Park Service (NPS) for technical assistance in creating a plan for the county’s parks.

The county’s current plan has expired; the new plan would help the county prioritize projects and put together grant applications. This grant would help the county “fill in the gaps” with the tasks that Bastrop County staff could not do themselves, county planner Julia Cleary said.

The planning and technical expertise could range from bringing together meetings to developing a site plan, Gibran Lule from NPS told the court. NPS is prepared to commit one year of assistance for Bastrop County’s updated master plan, and the assistance is renewable for following years.