The Starkville Board of Aldermen will consider authorizing a list of recommended capital improvement projects for Fiscal Year 2013 during its 5:30 p.m. meeting today at Starkville City Hall.
According to City Engineer Edward Kemp, capital improvement funding for this year will come primarily from two sources: capital improvement budget allocations and additional unspent lease payments from a fund set aside for construction of a new city hall.
The total budget for street, drainage, and American Disabilities Act improvements comes out to an estimated amount of $705,000.
Approximately $400,000 of that amount funds previously obligated overlays to Critz Street, Eutaw Street and Sherwood Road. Improvements to those roads were completed last fall after the end of Fiscal Year 2012. The sixth phase of roadway maintenance projects in the city’s comprehensive plan will account for about $229,000 more of the budget.
The remaining $85,000 will be dedicated toward drainage improvements and sidewalk projects. The total estimated cost of all capital improvement projects budgeted for this fiscal year is about $9,000 over the $705,000 budget.
Street improvement projects in “Priority 6” of the comprehensive plan include patching Central Avenue from Montgomery Street to Jackson Street, Greensboro Street from Louisville Street to Whitfield Street, a 200-foot section of Henderson Street, Lakes Boulevard from Whitfield Street to the point of the latest overlay, Linden Circle from Ash Road to Chestnut Drive, Montgomery Street from Shadowood Lane to Laurel Hill Drive and a 200-foot stretch of Tiger Lily Lane. Also part of the street overlay budget is a road repair allowance for the Highland Estates subdivision.
The budget consists of drainage improvements to Miss. Highway 182 near Peter’s Rock Temple Church of God in Christ, a storm line at Miss. Highway 182 and Washington Street and inlets on White Circle, Long Street and Linden Circle.
The second phase of sidewalk improvements on University Drive and roadway striping on North Montgomery Street from Critz Street to Garrard Road are the two ADA projects Kemp said will be completed in the upcoming construction season.
The three top priority drainage improvements on the city’s capital improvement drainage list include channel restoration on Carver Drive and existing culvert removal and capacity improvements on Maple Drive.
Kemp said the city still has to require 14 easements for Maple Drive before improvements can be made to that ditch. The price tag for the two Maple Drive improvements combined is $570,000. Channel restoration for Carver Drive has an estimated price tag of $175,000.
The board is currently seeking Federal Emergency Management Agency approval to begin channel restoration on Carver Drive after the board directed Kemp to do so last June. FEMA is reviewing the request, Kemp said. If FEMA approval is granted, he said the city would likely add funding to the budget to complete the channel restoration project.
In a related agenda item, Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins is calling for rescinding the June order and utilizing the $175,000 to concrete the entire sides and bottom of the ditch. Perkins said he is offering this motion as a compromise to the board’s decision not to apply for a Community Development Block Grant for funding to pipe and cover the ditch. Placing concrete in the ditch will prevent the possible issue of continued erosion that channel restoration won’t effectively address, he said.
“I am very hopeful that we can get this matter finalized during this term. This matter has been whipped to death, and the city needs to do this to tell the residents of Carver Drive that they care and they’re concerned. (Concrete) is going to help improve water flow and will contain and eliminate erosion,” Perkins said. “The only thing with channel restoration is that it will clear the ditch out but after time it’s going to go back to like it was. This is the next best alternative … to piping and covering. It’s a very good compromise, and we’re just asking for similar treatment for this to other areas of the city by city staff. I’m very confident and optimistic that (the board) will do the right thing. This should be a win-win situation.”