City to take bids on next phase of Utility Improvements Project
by Linda Cranford
Aug 10, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Laurel City Council - August 8. Photo/Linda Cranford
Laurel City Council - August 8. Photo/Linda Cranford
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At the Laurel City Council’s first meeting in August, the Council voted to allow Mayor Magee to advertise for bids on the next phase of the Utility Improvements Project which includes the total upgrade of 5th Avenue from the flagpole on Central Avenue to the City Limits, and 13th Avenue from Jefferson Street north to 12th Street.

Magee said on both streets the water lines and sewer lines will be replaced and the entire street resurfaced. Magee said both streets are highly traveled and added, “It will be a perfectly smooth ride when they finish,” said Magee.

The City originally borrowed $10 million dollars for the Utility Improvements Project and Magee said they have spent approximately $4 million dollars to date.

In other business, the council voted to have city workers cut and clean numerous properties throughout the city determined to be “in such a state of uncleanliness so as to be a menace to the public health and safety of the community.” They also approved the assessment billing to several property owners whose properties have already been cleaned.

The Council also approved the following: Mrs. Hillary Burroughs re- appointment to the Board of Commissioners of the Laurel Housing Authority; Mrs. Nancy Guice appointed as the Representative of Ward 3 on the Historic Preservation Commission, and Mr. Richard Dantzler appointed as the Representative of Ward 6 on the Civil Service Commission.

Laurel Parks and Recreations Director Elvin Ulmer introduced Tim Barksdale to the Council as the new Youth and Adult Programs Coordinator. This position was vacated by the election of Stacy Comegys as Councilman of Ward 5.

The Council heard recommendations from two citizens. Sidney Parker, who lives on Old Bay Springs Road near Mason School suggested that the School Zone Caution Light be moved one street back from its present location at 26th Street. He also pointed out a location where the Kudzu vine is approaching the street. Faye Jackson pointed out the poor condition of the street between Vics and KFC and stated that big trucks were trying to travel the road causing the street damage as well as traffic jams.

There was no need for an Executive Session, therefore, the council meeting adjourned.

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