Thursday, May 14, 2009
City OKs low bid on Mary Rahe
By BARRY BURLESON
The Holly Springs Board of Aldermen awarded a contract last week on another road connecting to the Holly Springs Commons development.
Union Construction from Etta will build the .387-mile stretch of Mary Rahe Drive, going from Highway 7 South near KFC to the West Boundary Street extension. The company’s low bid was $724,411.49.
Don Hollingsworth, public works director, said construction on Mary Rahe should begin in about a month.
Total project cost, which includes engineering and other expenses, is $869,300, within the amount of money earmarked.
Union Construction is also the contractor for the West Boundary extension, which is well underway, leading from that street’s intersection with West Chulahoma, continuing in front of Marshall Academy to Crescent Meadow Drive.
“We’re on target (with West Boundary),” Hollingsworth said. “The rain has given us some trouble, but the project is going great.”
He said the West Boundary extension could be completed by August.
The next project on the south side will be the addition of traffic lights at the intersection of Highway 7 South, Mary Rahe Drive and J.M. Ash Drive.
“It’s all coming together,” Hollingsworth said.
In another street-related matter, city leaders OK’d the paving of West Boundary from Valley Street to Woodward Avenue.
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry made the request due to a continuous problem with a rash of potholes, he said.
“We need to do this (two inches of asphalt overlay) instead of constantly putting down hot mix and watching it continue to wash away,” DeBerry said.
The estimated $50,000 will come from the general city fund, he said. Grisham Paving of Ripley, which was earlier awarded a year’s city bid services contract for such work, will do the job.
Alderman Tim Liddy questioned the project, saying he was surprised at the low price, plus he said he had been told for years that there was no money available to pave roads.
It passed 5-0.
A discussion ensued about possibly widening West Boundary in the future, and Liddy suggested the addition of sidewalks.
DeBerry said the city must, in the future, look at an all-encompassing plan for improving streets and sidewalks and adding sidewalks where there are none. He said it will require general obligation bonds – probably $5 or $6 million.
“It’s a liability and an economic development issue,” DeBerry said. “In the old part of town the sidewalks are crumbling and in the new part there are no sidewalks.
“I believe we have to look at it from the total perspective – paving and sidewalks.”
In other business, the board of aldermen:
The work will include taking the buildings down, cleaning the property and cutting the grass.
Zoning administrator Felicia Autry said the clean-ups should begin immediately.
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