Paving has begun to repair roads at Coonskin Park that were damaged by heavy equipment used in timbering began Tuesday.
The timbering contractor, Russell Trucking, is performing the work at no cost to taxpayers. A side road that accesses areas 6 through 20 and area 79 at the park was damaged when the group timbered the area earlier this year.
The work was prompted by a citizen complaint lodged by Margaret Zaleski and two public discussions during county commission meetings.
Paving should fix large potholes and other problems but would not release Russell Trucking from other liabilities, according to a release from the county commission.
The Parks and Recreation Commission selected Russell Trucking in May to clear debris from the 2012 derecho. There was no bidding process or contract, and the company had no business license and owed about $100,000 in back taxes at the time.
The county's policy is to make sure contractors place bids, have insurance and are up to date on tax and workers' compensation payments. Commission President Kent Carper said at a previous commission meeting none of those steps took place.
The company did the work at no charge but sold the timber to a sawmill for $66,000.
It was later found that the trees to be removed weren't marked but were simply agreed upon during a walkthrough with Parks Director Jeff Hutchinson. Zaleski expressed worry at a recent commission meeting that too many trees had been cut down.