Thursday, June 17, 2010
Springs slow street job
By SUE WATSON
The City of Holly Springs has run into snags in getting West College Street ready for milling and resurfacing.
A suitable way to let underground running water flow under the street has to be made before a culvert can be replaced. The water source on the south side of West College, near the intersection of West Boundary, will be routed through a bed of stone to the drainage area on the north side of West College, according to Don Hollingsworth, director of the utility department and public works.
That means extra money has to be found to pay for the materials.
Hollingsworth said a dip in the road will develop later on if the water is not routed under present stormwater drains in the area.
“We will build a French drain,” he said.
If the federal highway department approves help to the city to fix the problem, which is expected to cost $23,189, the city will only pay about $5,000 of the costs, he said.
The springs were found when contractors dug up a rusted-out corrugated drain pipe in the street to find spring water flowing through it.
The city has about four or five underground springs and this one on West College is one of the worst ones, Hollingsworth said.
The board of aldermen voted to rescind a previous change order of May 18 on the project, then voted to authorize the mayor to sign a supplemental agreement with the Mississippi Department of Transportation to pay for the extra work.
The underground spring runs under the Johnson home on West College.
Update: Hollingsworth said Tuesday the street should reopen this week.
In other business, the board:
• authorized advertising for bids for construction of an open storage building at the Utility Department and for making improvements on the warehouse.
• approved an advertisement for a public works director.
• discussed problems throughout the city with silt filling drainage pipes and ditches following a report on problems at Rising Star Road from alderman Harvey Payne.
• heard a report from Mayor Andre’ DeBerry on progress to purchase MI College Apartments from HUD. He said the city may be ready to wrap up a contract and begin renovation of the apartments within 30 days. City planners are seeking investors for the old Walmart strip and hope to bring in one or two stand-alone restaurants to the Martin Luther King Drive area of town, he said.
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