KC Rock Matching Program Is Back
By Echo Menges
After many requests from locals the Knox County Commissioners decided to bring back the counties Rock Matching Program. The decision was made at their regular meeting Friday morning, March 4, 2011. The county is putting $100,000 into the rock-matching fund, the same amount as last year. The program is set to begin April 1 and will continue until the money runs out.
The way the program works is for every load of gravel Knox countians purchase to spread on county roads the county will match, load for load, up to eight loads per mile. People who wish to participate will have to order and pay at the Knox County Clerk’s Office, which is located in the Knox County courthouse in Edina. Each load will cost approximately $145 and the county will match that load and haul it all. Anyone who wishes to participate in the Rock Matching Program this year should keep in mind the Commissioners expect the money to run out fast so the earlier you order, the better.
According to the Commissioners many of the county roads are gravel depleted because of snow plowing after the excessive severe snowstorm, which covered Knox County February 1 and 2, 2011 with snow drifts up to five and six-feet deep in some areas. The KC Commissioners hope bringing back the Rock Matching Program will help get at least some of those county roads back to where they need to be. There are over 500 miles of county roads in Knox County. At eight loads per mile and $145 per load the Commissioners hope to cover, at the very least, 167 miles of county roads.
“We’re the only county around here that’s doing this.” Said KC Commissioner Terry “Red” Callahan.