WM saving money to replace roadways

WM saving money to replace roadways

Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 9:04 pm

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
The cost of repaving roadway is expensive. The mayor and aldermen in Woodland Mills know. They’ve had it priced at about $30,000 a mile.
And so, two years ago the board implemented a property tax for the first time on its citizens to begin saving money for the purpose of replacing the some 10 miles of pavement for whose upkeep the city is responsible.
Mayor Wade Carrington shared this news with resident Taunda Bellamy, who appeared before the board Monday night to ask when the city was going to repair the streets.
Carrington said the board hopes to have enough money set aside to start the project within another three years. At least, that’s the plan.
“We won’t have enough to do it all at once,” he said.
Ms. Bellamy asked if there were any other funds, whether they be state or county, which could be used to replace the streets. She also asked about grants.
Carrington said the city does get money in the form of state gas and motor fuel tax, otherwise known as the street aid fund, but he’s never heard of getting a grant to replace streets.
He said Woodland Mills gets about $925 per month in state street aid, but most of it goes to pay for the street lights. That cost is about $630 per month, with the price being higher in the winter when the daylight is shorter. The mayor said a few years ago, the fund had accumulated about $20,000 and the city made some repairs. “It went fast,” he said of the money.
In other business, after the meeting was opened with alderman Tom Menees leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Carrington saying the prayer, the board:
• Voted on second and final reading to opt out of training for its planning commission. The city’s population is low enough that it can opt out and save the city money.
• Discussed the need to fill some holes with dirt, but maintenance employee Perry Carr said he thinks the problem with be solved by discing the property.
• Learned it won’t be long before a piece of problem property in town will need to be mowed again.
• Heard Gibson Electric has the dead tree on Garrigan Road on its list to be cut down.
• Agreed to make corrections to the general fund and sewer fund for September. The board approved total assets of $6,750.70 in the refuse collection fund and $6,562.84 in the street aid fund.
• Was informed several CDs will need to be renewed. City recorder Thelma Green suggested the city might be able to get a better interest rate if it invests its CDs for a longer period of time than the six months and one year period it currently uses. Mrs. Green was instructed to check on the rates and report them to the board.
• Heard there are still  $1,148 in outstanding taxes from 2009 and $147 from 2008. Charter Communications still owes the city $15 from 2009, though Mrs. Green said she does not think the city can bill Charter because it is in bankruptcy.
• Heard material purchased to repair a resident’s driveway has doubled in price since it was last purchased by the city.
• Was informed the planning commission will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. to hear from the public about rezoning of property from residential to commercial. City attorney Bruce Moss will conduct the meeting and planning commission members will be instructed to listen only, making no comments. After hearing from the public, Carrington said they will meet in closed session to vote on what recommendation to give the board of aldermen.
• Agreed to opt out of the statewide building code, which would have called for residents upgrading an existing one- to two-family dwelling or building a new one to have a state inspection for wall insulation thickness, electrical and plumbing. It would cost about $350. Carrington said most small towns in the county were opting out. “Why make people spend that kind of money? I vote no,” Menees said.
• Learned someone damaged the Civic Auditorium by running over it with what appeared to be a truck with its tailgate down. The driver did not report his offense and now the city will have to pay the cost to repair it. Menees will seek bids for the job.
• Donated $200 to Chimes for Charity.
• Was requested by Ms. Bellamy to place a street light at Mount Herman and Carr streets. Carrington said the city will have to check with the neighbors to see if they want one.
• Agreed to call Union City city manager Kathy Dillon after learning from Ms. Bellamy that Union City’s water department made a repair at 311 Mount Herman St. several months ago and have not repaired the street.
• Learned from Ms. Bellamy, who at the September meeting complained about frogs in her toilet, that she has realized there is no way the frogs are coming through the sewer system. She said she will have to watch to see where they are entering her home.
• Was invited to a 60th anniversary reception for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City on Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the garden at the hospital. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the hospital cafeteria. Remarks will be made at 11:45 a.m.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 10.12.10

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