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Board votes against making ditch repairs

Board votes against making ditch repairs
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MARTIN — After a lengthy discussion during their meeting Monday afternoon, Martin aldermen voted against repairing a problematic ditch on Kelly West Drive in the Glenwood subdivision.
Larry Kelly and other property owners said the ditch constantly floods, destroys yards and is infested with snakes.
The property owners had already obtained the necessary permits from the Environmental Protection Agency and said they would be willing to pay a portion of the expense to put in a retaining wall.
The project would cost an estimated $169,000.
After Kelly spoke to the board for about 30 minutes on the issue, alderman David Belote made a motion to table the issue for two to three months to allow more time to examine it. His motion died for lack of a second.
Alderman David Sudberry then made a motion to not make the repairs. Alderman Danny Nanney seconded the motion, and it passed 5-1, with Belote casting the dissenting vote.
In other actions, the board:
• Approved an MTD expansion grant for $1.9 million, of which the city will pay $300,000, with the rest provided by the state.
• Adopted a tentative budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The resolution notes, “It appears that circumstances will prevent the adoption of a budget by the beginning of the new fiscal year.”
So, the appropriations of the 2012-13 budget will become the appropriations for the new tentative budget. Also, according to the resolution, no more than 1/12 of any line item may be expended per calendar month by each department without approval of the Board of Mayor and Alderman until the final 2013-14 budget is adopted.

(Published in The Press on 6.11.13)

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