County’s decision on land a good one

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 23, 2000

We agree with one point made by some members of the Adams County Board of Supervisors recently. The county does need a central road maintenance facility –&160;a place to serve as the headquarters of the county-wide road maintenance department.

But, we question the aesthetics of placing that facility on Seargent S. Prentiss, a major thoroughfare in our city.

Supervisors have decided to advertise for bids from members of the public who may be interested in leasing a shed and county-owned land near Liberty Park. The move came after a businessman expressed interest in moving his business there, and the interest prompted some members of the board of supervisors to renew a call for a centralized road maintenance facility.

Email newsletter signup

That makes good sense. The county long ago switched to the unit system of administration — a system designed to increase efficiency and effectiveness by consolidating what had been overlapping services in each of the supervisors’ districts — services such as road maintenance.

To make that system really work well, we need to make the physical consolidation of facilities happen. And supervisors recognize that need.

The challenge for supervisors now is to find a suitable centralized place for that facility. We support their efforts to do so and encourage them to continue toward the path of streamlining county government and making it more efficient.