Letter from Webster County Property Owner
I'm very pleased to write a letter in support of HRDF. HRDF provided a work crew of 8-10 workers a day under the supervision of Randy Phillips and his crew chief Bill Post for the larger part of this Spring and Summer for the purpose of cleaning up the river banks of flood materials in Webster Springs. Their work in flood control damage and river cleanup for the Back Fork of Elk River and the main Elk River in Webster Springs has been outstanding. In addition to the tons of flood related material, resulting from the June 2016 flood, there was also material from past floods.
Everyone in town noticed the outstanding job that was done by the HRDF Crew. I watched the workers almost everyday. I found that each worker was proud of the quality of work done by the team. They were all in a spirit of accomplishing the task at hand. I also noticed that each property owner was notified that the Crew would be working on the river bank or near their property. Mr. Phillips would always ask permission from the property owners to work and walk near their property.
The fact is, neither the City of Webster Springs or the County had funds to do the work provided by the HRDF Crew. The results of course is, we have the flood materials removed from the banks and the city look cleaner and I feel a lot of the property owner will also take a little more pride in keeping the river banks cleaned of normal flood trash.
Our town is a lot better off as a result of the HRDF program and I hope it will be continued.
David M. Gillespie, PhD
Retired, and a property owner on the banks of the Back Fork of Elk