Resident Makes Paving Point; Woman Uses Visual Aids in a Plea for Promised Work on Her Dirt Road

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Byline: CRYSTAL OWENS

DANIELSVILLE - For the last decade, Madison County commissioners haven't answered residents' pleas to pave their road.

So this week, resident Pam Ackerman tried another tactic - visual aids.

Armed with a washboard, a Matchbox car, Ziploc bags of rocks, shells and dust and a calendar, the Comer woman just may have made her point Monday night.

At the end of her three-minute presentation, commissioners agreed to seek bids for contractors to pave the road and pay for the project with a share of the nearly $4 million in special-purpose, local-option sales tax revenue dedicated to road improvements over the next five years.

"I've always been told the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Scientifically proven, a way to a man's brain cells is through visual aids," Ackerman told commissioners.

Ackerman and her husband, Jerry, bought property on New Hope Church Road in 1995 with a promise from Madison County officials that the road was next on the paving list and would be complete by March 1997, she said. …