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Decatur council to consider repaving nearly 28 miles in ’08

By Evan Belanger · 340-2442

The Decatur City Council will soon consider spending about $1.78 million on local paving projects.

Council President Billy Jackson, District 1, said the council will consider a proposal for re-paving portions of 110 city streets during its meeting Sept. 10.

The proposal calls for nearly 28 miles of local roads to be resurfaced by the end of 2008. It constitutes the first major paving project undertaken by the city since the current administration took power in early 2005.

Specifics call for portions of 63 local roads to be resurfaced by the end of this year at a cost of $893,529. Another 47 will be resurfaced next year at a cost of $888,994, if the proposal passes the council.

First released in July

City Engineering and Public Works Director Mark Petersohn first released the proposal in late July.

Since then, city councilmen have made some changes to the list.

Jackson said none of the changes was major.

The final draft of the proposal will not be available to the public until Friday because of the Labor Day holiday.

According to the city’s Finance Department, the council has about $3.34 million at its disposal to complete the paving projects.

Most of that came from a $2 million loan approved by the council in October. The remainder was appropriated from the state gasoline tax.

“Given available funding, additional sections may be added or removed as necessary,” Petersohn said in an e-mail to The Daily when the initial proposal was released.

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