Supervisors are moving forward with a $3.3 million short-term bond that will pay for improvements on Gluckstadt Road and to complete the controversial Sulphur Springs Park in northeast Madison County.

The decision came in a 3-2 vote, with District 1 Supervisor Sheila Jones, District 2 Supervisor Trey Baxter and District 5 Supervisor Paul Griffin voting in favor of the bond.

The bond was one of a number of sweeping changes made by the three supervisors Monday. (See story A1).

Of that $3.3 million, $2.7 million will go towards Gluckstadt Road. There was $500,000 estimated to complete Sulphur Springs, with $100,000 cushion for both projects.

The Gluckstadt Road work entails adding an additional lane from Distribution Drive to Red Oak and re-designing several commercial driveways to allow for easier ingress and egress off the road.

The road currently holds approximately 17,000 cars per day and Baxter has been advocating doing something to alleviate congestion for two years.

He said they looked at other options, such as a reversible lane, but that wasn’t effective in this instance. Adding a fourth lane also gives supervisors an opportunity to come back and add a fifth lane without having to alternate plans.

Sulphur Springs Park has been a hotbed of controversy for years after the county spent over $2.1 million on the project that was initially estimated to cost $1.5 million.

Griffin said on Tuesday that he’s been trying to work with the new board to finish the park and Baxter and Jones finally “saw the light.”

“I thank them for coming around and supporting northeast Madison County,” he said. “Work with me and most things that happen in their district or in the other four districts and I’ll be willing to go along with the two that work with me.

“We need economic development in District 5 right now and that’s our main push,” he continued. “Roads and streets will always have to be worked on but I can’t put that number one.”

Griffin said even though the park is located in District 5, it will be a park for all of Madison Countians.

Baxter said on Tuesday that spending $500,000 to finish up a park means thousands of taxpayers who drive the roads everyday will be able to travel safer.

“I disagreed with the park because the way it was mismanaged with the former county engineer,” he said. “We found a cost-effective way to finish it up.”

Board President David Bishop said he was “disappointed” with the supervisors trading with Sulphur Springs Park.

“That was just the wrong thing to do,” he said. “That’s what they ran against. And I ran against it.”

Bishop said he was approached by Griffin several times about completing Sulphur Springs and he always said no.

“We thought we had three people in this new board of supervisors working against those kind of deals and that wasteful spending,” he said. “Madison County politics is going strong. I’m not gonna quit fighting for what I ran on though.”