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Commission rejects county road gates

Commissioners feared setting a precedent

This is the intersection at SE 160 Avenue and SE 40 Road in southeast Barton County. Area landowners and residents wanted the portions of the roads gated, but the Barton County Commission Monday rejected the request.

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Barton County Commissioners had no idea what a hornets nest they were stirring up when they started talking about closing or gating a sandy road in the extreme southeastern corner of the county. They found out and, based on ears full of negative feedback and the fear of setting a dangerous precedent, opted Monday morning not to act of the request from some are landowners.
At issue was the L-shaped intersection including one mile of SE 40 Road and one mile of SE 160 Avenue. Less than a half mile to the north flows the Arkansas River and less than ...


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