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POSTED: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 6:20pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 1:06pm

Last year, Cherokee County Precinct 3 Commissioner, Katherine Pinotti, was in some hot water for putting gravel on a road many said was actually a private road - not a county road.

But according to Pinotti - if that road had been labeled correctly - it wouldn't have been a problem.

Pinotti says it's one of many Cherokee County roads improperly labeled on official county maps.

And because the county map and 911 map aren't on the same page, Pinotti says it could be dangerous.

"Emergency personnel often need to find someone very quickly, and when your talking about locating people on county roads, its very dark - sometimes its raining and you cant see very well," Pinotti said. 

Precinct 4 Comissioner Byron Underwood says he and the other 2 comissioners aren't as adamant about making changes as Pinotti is.

He says the problem was just addressed before the 3 new commissioners took office.

"...and they made a ruling that the commissioners adopted it at that time and I just don't think that we as a current commissioners court can jump up and start changing the road map.  We need to seek advice from counsel," Underwood said.

Brent Bingham lives on a Cherokee County road and doesn't understand why the problems haven't been fixed.

"They can push it off as long as they want to push it off I guess, but in the meantime, if people die because the responders can't get to their house or if their property burns down and the firemen can't get there, looks like to me our county's gonna have a problem," Bingham said.

The official Cherokee County map is drawn by Allison & Bass, a lawfirm out of Austin.

At today's meeting, the commissioners pushed off a vote to make the changes.

But Pinotti says she hopes to meet with the lawfirm herself in the coming weeks.

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