Road reopening ‘very scary to me’

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 5/9/17

Katie Jones, who lives in District 3, told the Walker County Commission Monday she proposes the county close Hunting Club Road for her child’s safety.

In the public comment time of the meeting, Jones said in April the commission reopened Hunting Club Road, which connects King’s Mill Road and Davidson Loop Road in the Oakman area.

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Road reopening ‘very scary to me’

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Katie Jones, who lives in District 3, told the Walker County Commission Monday she proposes the county close Hunting Club Road for her child’s safety.

In the public comment time of the meeting, Jones said in April the commission reopened Hunting Club Road, which connects King’s Mill Road and Davidson Loop Road in the Oakman area.

“They did it without asking any of the homeowners,” she said. “I realized it was closed illegally. I just thought it would be a courtesy to ask the people if they wanted it reopened, since we live on the road.” 

Hunting Club Road is a shortcut road which goes through the woods and runs close to her house, Jones said.

“It is only 23 feet away from my bedroom window,” she said. “This worries me because I am a single mother and it is just me and my 7-year-old son. He enjoys playing outside and riding his bicycle.

“The road reopening is very scary to me about letting him ride outside and play. It is very close to our yard. I know it is very dangerous for him to play close to the road.”

She bought the property and the hunting club lodge, which used to be the “the third district hunting club,” in 2012, she said, noting her great-grandfather built it.

“I turned it into a very nice home,” she said. “Now I feel very unsafe with the cars and the trucks and the ATVs coming through. Over the years this road has been used as a garbage dump and animal dropoff. It has been a very serious drug and drinking meeting place.” 

While some may want to use as a short cut in transportation, but Jones said she would like the road closed for safety.

“I need to know his being outside is safe,” she said. “Only two families live on either end of the road, and both families would like the road to be vacated, and done correctly in the right way. It’s a very dangerous road.” 

Jones presented signatures from families in that area asking for the road closing, as well as photos of the area. Commissioners made no comments about her concerns.