Public Works Director Albert Bridge told the City Council Tuesday night, July 22, that his street maintenance crews will begin working on seal coating streets in that part of town by the end of this week.
Council members voted to approve spending $157,235 to purchase oil, fuel, paving rock and the delivery of those materials for this year’s project.
Bridge said his men usually seal coat between 100 and 110 blocks of streets in the city each year. But this year an inspection team found only 76 blocks in that quadrant of the city needed the work.
“We’re making headway,” Bridge said. The city had fallen behind on seal coating streets, and street maintenance crews realized it would take some time to catch up with the maintenance schedule.
The city fell behind on the maintenance because of a lack of funds. But years ago voters approved a program that would allow the city to deposit a portion of an economic development sales tax into a street maintenance fund.
City Manager Jack Hamlett said the fund is in good shape and that the money for this year’s seal coating project is available.
Residents living on blocks that will be scheduled for seal coating usually are asked to refrain from leaving vehicles parked at the curb on the day the work is to be done.