Video: Commissioner looking to pay resident for vehicle damages caused by poor road conditions

District 1 County Commissioner Marven Goodman is searching for a way that his office can pay for a motorist damages after driving on a substandard county road.


County resident Daniel Fanel was invited, by Goodman, to the Logan County Board of County Commissioners meeting on Thursday to discuss the situation.

This past June, Fanel’s vehicle encountered a large pothole in district one resulting in two rims being bent and two tires being blown out. The total damage to the vehicle was $628.68.

The pothole was reported after the fact and was repaired the following day by the road district.

Fanel filed a tort claim with the County, which was denied by the County’s insurance company.

Goodman referenced a newspaper article stating citizens spends a $1,000 a year in automobile damages due to below average road conditions.

“That’s a tax on those individuals just to live here because the state doesn’t spend enough money to maintain the roads properly,” Goodman said. “That’s an undocumented tax.”

Goodman has been and continues to be outspoken on the lack of road funds handed down by the state to maintain roads.

“Here’s my thoughts, we don’t get enough money to fix the roads so why don’t we just give the money back to the people that damage their vehicle on our roads? I understand that’s not the direction we (County) need to go, but that’s why we are here to support the people who live here. Not to defend the state, not to defend the tort act.”

District 3 County Commissioner Monty Piearcy said he has no problem with Goodman paying for Fanel’s vehicle damages out of District 1’s road fund, but said the board needs to be cautious.

“If you open that door, that’s all you (are) going to be doing,” Piearcy said.

Goodman agreed and responded by saying, “I’m trying to be fair to everybody involved is what I’m trying to do here.”

With the denied tort claim, the BOCC will get legal advice from their attorney (Lowell Barto) on the procedure following a denied claim.

5 Comments on "Video: Commissioner looking to pay resident for vehicle damages caused by poor road conditions"

  1. Alston Ingram Jr | November 1, 2019 at 3:32 pm | Reply

    Until the authorities (City, County, or State) limit the weight carried by, and the size of those trucks, no road repair or repaving can be sustained. Huge heavy trucks are the singular cause of substandard roads.

  2. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to just fix the damn roads? Ours are shameful even by Logan County standards.

  3. I would like to report a pot hole. It starts at prairie grove and broadway. It goes one mile west and the turns south on kelly for a little over a mile.

  4. My tort claim was also denied and I had damages of $2000. The thing that really makes me angry is that I don’t travel the road where my damage occurred at all. I was forced to detour off of Highway 74F because the road was washed out. If you are going to have residents take a detour then the county should make sure that the road you are detouring people on is in decent shape. Furthermore, I don’t know what good it is for the county to have insurance or to file a tort claim…they never approve anyone!!

  5. Shoot I had to replace my front end because of roads I called several they should have paid for it but I got denied

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