Perseverance works

Published 10:54 am Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The bridge replacement project on route 40 crossing Louse Creek Bridge was recently completed after more than one year of work.

According to Aspen/Phenix Supervisor Haywood Hamlet, he advocated for the project about 15 years before it was finally executed.

“A lot of credit belongs to Ms. (Shannon) Valentine,” he said.

I commend Hamlet, along with Valentine, for helping to advocate for the bridge replacement project over the years. Hamlett said before the replacement project, the bridge was narrow and was the thoroughfare for several log trucks and school buses.

Charlotte County citizens are fortunate to have those who serve in our county government work with VDOT to monitor the conditions of our roads and structures.

As of the 2015 census, Charlotte County’s population topped out at a little more than 12,000 citizens —all of whom our county government agencies are responsible for helping. When the supervisors are elected, it is our hope that they will act in the best interest of the citizens.

During the 15 years he advocated for the project, Hamlet attended VDOT six-year plan sessions. He said the project was placed on the plan twice, however, it kept getting moved down.

He could have easily become discouraged and gave up, but for 15 years Hamlet fought for what he believed to be in the best interest of our county.

Although we are a small community, there is a lot of fight in our people. In order to work, we must become invested and involved. Becoming invested might mean attending a county board meeting, advocating for change or just contacting your representative with any questions or concerns you may have.

Who knows, your dedication and perseverance might stimulate healthy change and make a difference. Just ask Haywood Hamlet.

Italia Gregory is community editor of The Gazette. Her email address is