“I have a response that has to be filed within the next seven days,” Quinn said last week. “After that they (River Oak) have an additional 10 days to rebut my response. After that it is in the judge’s hands.”
The Memphis, Tenn., based company on May 14 agreed to open up Fire Tower Road, McNichols Road and McCoy Hollow Road, while Donnie Lane and Skinner Road will still be closed to the public, and while the company agreed to fill in the ditches, it didn’t admit to digging them, said Trigg County Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall.
Burton Washburn III, a Paducah attorney representing River Oak, that the roads in question have been maintained by River Oak, and before that Westvaco, and have never been maintained by the county. The fiscal court has, in recent decisions, voted to bring the roads in question into the county maintenance system.
Washburn said he filed an appeal in April of the decision of the Trigg County Fiscal Court’s April 2 action bringing the road popularly known as Fire Tower Road into the county maintenance system.
According to Washburn, the roads in question are private roads. Fire Tower Road was abandoned by the county long ago and is privately owned by River Oak, which has maintained it since gaining Westvaco ceased to own it, the attorney said.
Skinner Road and Donnie Lane are roads that Westvaco improved for logging purposes in the 1980s, Washburn said.
Humphries has said that Westvaco originally put up the gates, and that the gates that went up were, at the time, going to be temporary, and were also going to build and maintain roads in the area to better transport logs.