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7/24/2013 7:08:00 AM
Homeowners lament dust problems on dirt road
Ken Hedler/Special to the ReviewClyde Marshall stands in front of a sign warning motorists to drive slowly on M A Perkins Trailway so they do not kick up dust.
Ken Hedler/Special to the Review

Clyde Marshall stands in front of a sign warning motorists to drive slowly on M A Perkins Trailway so they do not kick up dust.
Ken Hedler
Special to the Review

Clyde and Adele Marshall moved from Phoenix to Chino Valley two years ago to a four-acre property where they can raise their three donkeys and a mule.

However, the Marshalls shortly afterward encountered one of the pitfalls of living in a rural area off a dirt road: dust.

The problem has gotten so bad when dump trucks and motorists churn up dust on the hard-picked M A Perkins Trailway that the Marshalls close the windows on their two-story log home.

Their neighbor, Linda Nicolosi, concurred, saying, "My concern is the dust. You have to dust every other day - at least."

Clyde Marshall, an insurance agent who moved from Phoenix, said he has met several times with Ron Grittman, Chino Valley's town engineer and public works director, to try to resolve the dust problem. Marshall took the issue to the July 9 meeting of the Town Council in which he presented a petition bearing signatures from 13 families who live nearby. He stated 36 families live behind him.

In a two-page prepared statement to the council, Marshall described M A Perkins Trailway as a "heavily traveled dirt road" that is a shortcut from Perkinsville Road to Road 2 South.

"On a busy day with school in session, I estimate that there are in excess of 200 vehicles a day on this route," Marshall wrote.

He suggested using 400 cubic yards of chip seal "to eliminate this scourge from our neighborhood."

He also cited the intersection of M A Perkins and 7 Bar Trail as being a "high speed spin out turn for the local youth."

Marshall has a "legitimate complaint," Mayor Chris Marley said after the meeting. However, he said the role of the mayor and other council members is to "try not to micromanage our town engineer," referring to Grittman.

Grittman said, "The solution is to pave the roadway." He said roadwork would need to cover the entire mile-long stretch of M A Perkins, not just 400 yards that Marshall recommended.

Grittman said a major concern is lack of money because of the town's diminished receipt of Highway Revenue User Funds from taxes at the pump. HURF money for road surfacing dropped from $1.1 million in the 2007-08 fiscal year to $100,000 in the 2012-13 fiscal year, which ended June 30.

The new fiscal year has $250,000 budgeted for chip sealing, Grittman said, adding his staff will put together a priority list. The list will include factors such as the number of people who would benefit from the road surfacing as well as number of vehicles that use a road.

Another factor is surfacing versus rebuilding a road, Grittman said.

Grittman, Marshall and Marley said forming an improvement district is another option to raise money to solve the dust problem. Such a district would require support from the majority of the property owners who in turn control a majority of the assessed valuation.

Referring to an improvement district, Marley said, "I suppose they could come up with enough money to at least go halves on surfacing their roads."

Marshall said, "I have offered to help pay for this. '

Adele Marshall also suggested putting speed bumps on M A Perkins and reducing the speed limit from 25 to 15 mph.

Meanwhile, she has made light of the situation by posting signs on both sides of the 50-foot-wide dirt road urging motorists to slow down.

Eights signs in all capital letters greet motorists on M A Perkins. Motorists heading north read signs that say, "Please Don't Make Us," "Eat Your Dust," "Go Slow" and "Thank You So Much."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Article comment by: Priorities !

Hey Chino Valley....lets address the problems with our major Chino Valley public roadways first before addressing rural "mostly residential" roadways!

Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Article comment by: John Rambo

What he perceives as a problem, we call common place.
Our dirt roads cause dust!
If I buy a house on a dirt road, I would expect dust.
If I buy a house next to an airport, I would expect airplane noise.
If I buy a house in a flood plane, I would expect to be flooded.
If I buy a house along a city road, I would expect vehicle noise and exhaust.
Point is, don't cry wolf if you decide to build, or buy your house next to the den!
Have all your neighbors fund a co-op program to pay for the road improvement if it bothers you.

Posted: Monday, August 5, 2013
Article comment by: Country Girl

I ABSOLUTELY HATE HATE HATE the dust here but guess what....................You bought a house on a dirt road PALEEZE. You can be the best people in the world, nice sweet considerate helpful but you are on a DIRT road, you bought a house on a DIRT road, guess what you live in the high desert (hint DESERT) dry dusty desert therefore you have DUST. That's like people complaining about the noise of planes when the buy a house at the airport or complain of the killing and processing of animals at the meat processing plant across town that you bought a house next to ..... COMMON SENSE HELLO

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: MIKE B.


Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013
Article comment by: Marion Prater

gosh! I can't believe that all of you people who commented have no compassion I doubt that you like to eat dust. I hope that the town will reconsider and at least chip seal MA Perkins. I for one am in favor of comfort for my neighbors.

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013
Article comment by: Kay Reed

I have met my neighbor Mr. Marshall on numerous occassions and have not once heard him complain about the dust. Most laid back, hard-working, kind man I have met. From what I learned he grew up on a farm in upstate NY and enjoys the dirty rural life as much as the rest of the 'country folk'. I'm sure someone who chooses to own 3 mules is not afraid of a little dirt and dust. And if anyone has met his wife they would know she isn't scootin' around the house dusting while Mr. Marshall kicks up his feet and snacks on bonbons.

This is a heavily travelled road that I have witnessed as a resident in the neighborhood and it does not seem safe in my opinion with how many people speed through there to get to the main roads. The dust is annoying but expected by us.

This is an example of a small town newspaper looking for something interesting to report and a couple comments from a resident appear to be blown out of proportion making him appear to be some dust crusader with an ax to grind. I am sure Mr. Marshall is taking this with a grain of 'dust' and having a little chuckle then moving on to feeding his mules.

I am surprised you 'country folk' have internet access and time to peruse and comment on online journals. P Lighten up.

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013
Article comment by: No Disrespect Intended

Were you aware the road was not paved when you looked at purchasing the property? What were you expecting when you moved on the property next to the dirt road?
Many people are not aware of 'how things work' in rural areas. It would be nice, to only have to worry about dust. But there any many more things definitely more important to address than dust on a road.
Our school system needs help, our community needs active volunteers, town development needs help, etc.
Seriously?? Do you really think dust abatement will solve the worlds problems?
The Town of Chino Valley has many other more important issues to tackle.
Please don't distract the town or waste our tax dollars for your dust concerns.
Get a life...

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013
Article comment by: MIKE B.


Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Article comment by: Shane Perkins

Cracks me up when city people move to the country then complain about everything in the country! ( smelly animals, cattle, bumpy dirt roads, and DUST!!)
Welcome to the country folks, don't like it, Phoenix is right down the hill!!

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Article comment by: Roxanne Hull

I'm sorry Mr. and Mrs. Marshall but you did move to the country and dirt roads are part of that life. Be happy that your road is at least graded! We don't even get that luxury. So stop complaining and help your wife dust. There are more important things to worry about like educating our kids.

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Dust Eater

You bought inexpensive land
On a dirt road.
Don't expect the rest of us
to lighten your load.

Learn rural ways. Plant screening trees like others that are bothered by dust.

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: rosalind beatriz

They should have known that when they moved here. Moving to Williamson Valley would have been a better. I say join the crowd. I live in Paulden and knew I would be surrounded by dirt roads and, yes, have to dust every day. Don't have any sympathy do research before moving. Good luck with CV government.

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: AMY SKINNER

Maybe you should have thought of that when you purchased your home, a little research never hurts. If you don't like the dust GO BACK TO THE CITY. We don't need anymore pavement out here, that's what makes it "rural".

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Jackie Israel

He needs to go back home to Phoenix. Why do people move out to the country and then cry about dirt, dust, etc.? I like my dirt roads, and yes the dust is part of it, I bet he gets just a few cars a day. He wants the city to fork out money to fix what he perceives as problem?? I would rather see the money going to schools, law enforcement, feeding the hungry etc., them to pacify this cry baby who is afraid of getting dirty.

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