CROSS -- About 65 or 70 people packed the community center here for a town hall meeting Tuesday with Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis.

Of course the draw also could have been the monthly community dinner that immediately followed in the same room.

The top concern residents of this rural part of the county expressed was road improvements. Several wanted to know when S.C. Highway 6 would be repaved, as promised under the referendum that authorized the county's penny sales-tax increase.

County Engineer Frank Carson, one of about a half-dozen department heads who accompanied Davis to the meeting, said the plans have been submitted to the S.C. Department of Transportation for approval, and work could start in a couple months.

Residents also asked about plans to extend Mudville Road to Interstate 26. Davis said there is no plans for that road now.

The meeting was not without controversy. Linda Riney led off by asking Davis about the county's decision to extend a waterline down S.C. Highway 311. Davis deflected the question and moved on. He said after the meeting it was old news and he wanted to focus on current concerns.

Davis also deflected a question about how much money the school district should get from agreements with industries. Davis previously said he has been studying the issue.

On the other hand, Davis said Tuesday that the school district will get more money as businesses move up I-26 toward Jedburg, especially when roads to industrial parks there are finished.

"We believe the Jedburg area will be the next major retail and commercial and shopping area in the tricounty area," he said. "Those revenues will flow to the school district."

He also said new industries around Jedburg will mean more jobs for Cross residents.

One resident objected to the expense of all the county workers at the meeting.

"I'd like to know how many county vehicles do we have here tonight," Edward Mooneyham said. "We're in a recession now, and I don't understand all these vehicles out here."

County Attorney Nicole Ewing said she carpooled to Cross with three other employees.

Davis said the employees were not paid for their time to attend the meeting and it was appropriate the county should pay for their travel.

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