Hawley asks commissioners for guardrails in Calhoun

A concerned citizen and former emergency medical provider addressed the county commissioners Monday morning about the need for guardrails along a set of curves near Calhoun that only last week were the scene of a tragic fatality.Bob Hawley, retired Director of LeFlore County EMS, spoke during the weekly meeting asking the commissioners to consider placing guardrails along the curves which skirt a 30 foot cliff to reduce the potential for fatal accidents. According to Hawley, during the last few years there have been three fatality accidents in the twisted stretch of road and it is his belief guardrails could have possibly prevented some of the deaths.“The county is responsible for the safety of our roadways,” said Hawley. “Guardrails should be put up before someone else dies.”The plea came on the heels of the tragic death of Paige Underwood, 16, Poteau High School Sophomore, who lived in a housing addition less than an eighth of a mile away from the dangerous curves. The commissioners, who were unable to formally address the new business, agreed to look into the need and possible materials required to make the road safer. During the meeting Charlie Horsley, Commander of DAV chapter 63, requested approval from the commissioners to place a memorial flag on the courthouse lawn during a flag ceremony to be held this Saturday. Traditionally the DAV has placed flags on top of the was memorial on the courthouse lawn during the ceremony, one for each member listed on the memorial. This year the location of the flags will change and will stand side by side across the courthouse lawn. Other business included tabling an agenda item referring to a resolution requiring rural estate developers, subdivision developers and individuals that open new roads on dedicated easements to complete the road and street construction at their own expense in accordance with the state of Oklahoma county roads design guidelines manual. The item was tabled until the commissioners could read the manual. Garon McClure, Dexter Haskins and Bobby Carter were unanimously reappointed to the LeFlore County EMS Board during the meeting following a motion made by Derwin Gist – District 1.The courthouse will be closed next Monday for the Memorial Day holiday. The county commissioners will hold their weekly meeting on Tuesday at 9 a.m.