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Dresden handles unfinished business

Dresden handles unfinished business

Much unfinished business was discussed and put to rest at Monday night’s meeting of the Dresden Board of Mayor and Alderman.
A budget amendment was passed allowing the transfer of funds in the amount of $15,600 from the General Fund to the Dresden Police Department. The funds were needed for salaries, insurance, telephone, out of town expenses and fuel.
An ordinance was passed to accept the dedication of Earl Street as a city street in the City of Dresden. The vote was the board’s second and final over the issue; the first time on March 5. The street is in the city limits, but had not yet been included as a city street. By passing the ordinance, the city is responsible for making further improvements on the street.
In a continuing story concerning the drainage problem at the Bradberry property, three options were bid out to fix and resolve the issue. The first option is to run a culvert from the storm drain in the street to a culvert under the Bradberry driveway that will cost $5,729.17. The second option is to do the same as the first option but to add two storm drains to take care of the runoff from the property, costing $9,015.11. The last option and most inexpensive is to put in a short culvert from the storm drain and use a 45-degree elbow and open the ditch rest with rip rap, costing $2,124.67. After much discussion, the proposal failed for lack of a motion. The board approved to amend the city’s municipal zoning map and rezone the property located at 437 Pikeview Street from R-1 (low density residential) to R-1A (low density residential). The amendment will have to be voted on again in order to pass. A public hearing will be held at 5:45 p.m. on May 7 at Dresden City Hall on the issue.
The City of Dresden was seeking bids for asbestos abatement of the former Baybee Shoe factory located on Hillcrest Street in Dresden. The bid approved was from DJ Contracting, who proposed the first bid at $6,000 for the removal of floor tile and mastic, exterior transite siding and two fire doors.
The board of mayor and alderman also approved a bid for sodium hypochlorite 12.5 percent, or bleach to be used to service lagoons in the Dresden area. The bid accepted was from American Development Corporation that bid at $2.65 per gallon, including delivery.
Bids for a new hydraulic mower for public works closed at noon Monday. The board accepted and approved a bid from Wells Tractor of Paris for the new mower at $8,500.
The board tabled a proposed ordinance by the city of Dresden appropriating funds and establishing a utility rate increase of five percent for water and sewer for the next fiscal year.
The next meeting of the Dresden Board of Mayor and Aldermen will be held at 6 p.m. May 7 in Dresden City Hall.

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