Thursday, September 1, 2011
Street project moves forward
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs Board of Aldermen recently approved a letter of commitment to the Mississippi Department of Transportation for the application for $1.5 million in road improvement funds.
Public works director Micheal Crittle said the letter will allow the city to submit an application for federal State Transportation Program (STP) funds in an 80 percent/20 percent federal/city match. The money will be used to do paving overlay, drainage improvements, and curb and gutter installation in the areas of West Woodward Avenue and Sunset Acres Road, he said.
The city has to contribute local matching funds of approximately $300,000-$400,000 to meet its 20 percent match, he said. When funding becomes available, the selection of a design firm comes first, Crittle said. The design firm will stay within the fiscal year 2012-2013 budgets. Then the bid process for construction contractors will take place.
The scope of the proposed work would include resurfacing about 3.2 miles of street from the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and West Woodward Avenue westward to Sunset Acres Road and ending at the intersection with Highway 178. Also included would be a layer of heavy asphalt from Sunset Acres Road to the county road and bridge department shop. Curb and gutter along with drainage improvements would be extended from Martin Luther King Drive to Strickland Avenue. Curb and gutter and sidewalk would be laid, where absent, from the segment of Woodward from West Boundary to Martin Luther King Drive.
Crittle said the road is a rough ride, particularly on Sunset Acres Road and in the stretch from the county supply sheds to Sunset Acres.
In other business, the board of aldermen:
• approved a motion to accept C.L. Cotton & Associates’ proposal to prepare the city’s application for a Neighborhood Improvement grant.
• approved a TVA request for a fuel cost adjustment for September amounting to a decrease in the FCA by 3 percent.
• authorized Potts Camp School to hold home football games at Coopwood Park when the field is not scheduled for the Holly Springs Hawks. Potts Camp hosts Benton County September 1.
• received 19 applications for the police chief position with some coming from within the department and others from outside the city. Applications have arrived from as far away as West Point, to Georgia, to Louisiana, to Tennessee.
• continues budget planning sessions. The city will adopt the new budget by September 15.
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