‘Snake Ditch’ causes leaders, residents concern
by Paisley Boston
Aug 11, 2013 | 3211 views | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend | print
"We're calling it the East Gate Snake Ditch Project," said Bolivar County Supervisor Preston Billings.

Billings at a recent Bolivar County Board of Supervisors meeting said he believes the ditch poses as a major problem because of its location and the possibility of the snakes harming children.

"If left open, children could fall in and lose their lives."

The ditch is located near several homes in the Bolivar County area of East Gate subdivision and near a Head Start Center in Cleveland.

During the meeting, Bolivar County Administrator Will Hooker and Billings suggested that the ditch be moved at least 300 feet away from the living quarters and the Head Start Center.

Hooker said before they can begin work on the ditch, they must develop a scope of work and cost analysis.

"Let's rectify the problem by covering it with dirt," said Billings.

According to Billings, the county has cleaned the southern portion of the ditch but they are seeking funds for the remaining portion.

Although Billings said he desperately wants to resolve the issue with "Snake Ditch," there are some technical issues to be dealt with, such as an iron fence located near the ditch, which will have to be removed before any work can take place.

In order to remove the fence, the supervisors must meet with the homeowners and ask for permission to go on their property.

The supervisors said they plan to ask Cleveland and various other agencies to help with the project.