The city is launching a street repaving program that identifies 11 streets and alleys in a preliminary list, but aldermen and Mayor Herb Adams want to see the list expanded.
Ben Boedges, public works supervisor, presented the locations to be resurfaced to aldermen at the July 2 board meeting.
The surfaces will be paved or overlaid with 2 inches of asphalt. Most of the surfaces will require some edge milling to blend the existing pavement with the new overlay, Boedges said.
Streets on the list include North Fifth Street from Walnut to the dead end; an alley between Union, Osage, Columbia and Olive; an alley between the railroad tracks, Orleans, First and Columbus; Walnut between Olive and Elm; Denton Road Bridge; an alley between First, Columbus, Osage and Walnut; Orleans Street between Columbus and First; Adam’s Garden parking lot; an alley east of Fourth at intersection of Fourth and Congress; Brundick Lane; Indian Trail; Peace Pipe; Smoke Signal; Tomahawk; and Arrowhead.
Aldermen immediately asked that other streets be added to the list.
Ward 2 Aldermen Carol Johnson and Steve Myers asked that Candlewick Lane be added to the list, but City Administrator Harold Selby said the job is too big for the resurfacing project.
“We couldn’t afford to do Candlewick,” Selby said. “The entire road needs to be redone.”
Ed Gass said the city should be tackling Candlewick one section at a time.
“Every month or so we could do one of those slabs, then we’d get them all done. That would be a temporary and long-term solution,” Gass said. “We should move slabs with our people and have a contractor follow behind and pour them.
Ward 3 Alderman Mike Pigg wants Flier Drive and Millstone resurfaced.
“We did a band-aid, but it is getting worse,” Pigg said. “Someone is going to get hurt.”
Two big spots on Cedar Field and Cedar Drive in Cedars Subdivision also should be on this list, Pigg said.
Adams directed Boedges to review his list, based on requests from aldermen, and bring a new list to the next meeting.
“We need to come up with a list and let the aldermen know exactly what work will be done because their constituents will be calling them,” Adams said.