Lawrence gets $50,000 from 3 timber firms for damage to road
By Nancy Glasscock
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MOULTON — The Lawrence County Commission is accepting a $50,000 settlement from three timber companies for damage to Lawrence County 585, county attorney Cecil Caine said.
The settlement, from Quality Land and Timber, Harold Watson and Sons, and Jerry Blackburn timber companies, will replace money that the county spent to repair damage sustained during timber cutting last winter, said Mac Rushing, county engineer.
Rushing said heavy equipment used by the companies caused ruts and other damage on a 11/2-mile stretch of Lawrence County 585 southwest of Courtland.
"The road damage was such that the county filed a claim against them for damages," he said.
Rushing said that, as a result of the case, the county now requires anyone who buys timber to post a bond for road repairs.
"That's something we've never done before," he said. "I think what we're doing now will be a benefit to everybody in the long run, both timber cutters and the county as well."
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