Road paving list gets a change

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Because of a delay in getting work done on Northwest 80th Street near Chiefland, the Levy County Commission has switched the No. 1 and No. 2 projects on its road paving list. 

Administrative Road Superintendent Bruce Greenlee said the county, which has maintained Northwest 80th Street for more than seven years said his department has learned the county does not have a record for the county's right-of-way. As a result the start of the project, which is No. 1 on the county's paving priority list, will be delayed to get all the necessary paperwork done. 

Sensing an opportunity, Commissioner Mike Joyner of Morriston (R-District 3) asked if the No. 2 road on the project list — Southeast 218 Avenue between Southeast 59th Lane and Southeast 70th Street could be swapped for the delayed project. 

The unpaved road is in the Ocala Highlands West subdivision, which last year found itself cut off from using an extension of 218th Avenue through property owned by Joyner's family 

The commission, prior to Joyner joining the board, approved closing the easement it held for 218th on the property. The action left residents of Ocala Highlands West — which is in Levy County — unhappy about having to drive farther — including into Marion County — in order to reach Williston via Levy County Road 464.

The commission unanimously agreed to switch the projects. 

In another action affecting a county road, the commission agreed to hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 9 a.m. on a request to close a portion of the 50-foot right of way of Northeast 17th Avenue/Pine Lane from Northeast 132nd Lane/Shady Lane south for 110 feet. The right of way is in Gleason's Trailer Village in the Trenton section of Levy County. The action has been requested by the property owners Gregory and Pamela Deist.