Thursday, December 19, 2013
Board mulls street project
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to authorize mayor Kelvin Buck to sign a resolution and documents relating to the West Woodward Avenue project.
Several aldermen were concerned whether the grant award would do everything the grant called for.
“We have ‘x’ dollars ($2 million). What if they will not carry it all the way?” asked alderman Christy Owens.
Don Hollingsworth, who is serving as public works director, said work could begin on both ends of West Woodward Avenue and meet in the middle. He said he met with prospective contractors. The city will make the money go as far as it will go, he said.
“Lots of costs are petroleum-based,” Owens said. “I wonder about the market.”
The project calls for repaving the street from Martin Luther King Drive to Sunset Acres Road, laying sidewalks and curbs, and correcting certain drainage issues.
Hollingsworth said the fuel cost adjustment would come into play if the cost of fuel goes up. That expense would not come out of the contract dollars, he said, under the federal rules.
Alderman Sharon Gipson asked if the language in the resolution is consistent with the language used in the original grant as awarded. She said the representative from the Mississippi Department of Transportation thought the money was adequate to cover the scope of the work. But she wanted to know what work would be prioritized if the money does not take the road improvements from one end to the other.
Buck said the city can expect an itemized breakdown of the cost of every phase of the project. He said the project could be taken through normal procedures and change orders may come up. He said projects in the past had been thought to be for one amount and in the end, the city spent “a heck of a lot more.”
Hollingsworth said there will be a meeting during the process and that a box culvert may need to be put in at the area of the old Holly Springs Country Club. There is no clue as to what is under the road in that section, he said. The mayor and board will be kept informed on what is spent, he said.
Hollingsworth said he has seen no study dealing with the project.
Gipson asked to see documents relating to the project as the project evolves so she can review them.
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