Dyersburg Street Committee begins paving discussion
On Friday at 10:30 a.m., the City of Dyersburg Street and Sanitation Committee convened in the upstairs conference room at City Hall. The committee met to review a street list and discuss those that are in need of paving.
The Dyersburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the 2018-2019 fiscal budget, which included $4.6 million of capital outlay projects. Approximately $2 million of the projects were dedicated to street paving.
The board also approved on Aug. 20, resolutions to enter into a bond agreement to aid in the funding of the projects. According to City Treasurer Steve Anderson in the City’s Public Safety Committee meeting, held prior to the Street Committee convening, the City is currently in a 20-day waiting period to see if they are approved funding.
Alderman and committee chairman Mike Morgan opened Friday’s meeting, and turned the floor over to City of Dyersburg Construction Inspector and Storm Water Manager Scott Ball.
“I know at the last meeting you said something about you all getting together and looking at the streets, riding them or whatever, and I still think that is the best idea,” said Ball. “When it’s decided on what priority to be paved is, I’ll put the package together for bid to get out for the process.”
Morgan said the committee needed to review the list of streets with Street Department Superintendent Mike McCulloch to help determine which streets needed to be milled and/ or paved.
When Morgan asked McCulloch his opinion, McCulloch stated, “I think Frank Maynard needs to be done. There are some short stretches that need to be done and some old streets that need to be done.”
Ball added there is also money remaining in the City’s STP fund, which was used in the repaving of Mall Boulevard.
“It’s [STP Fund] probably around $350,000 plus our match, so it would probably be around $450,000 by the time it’s all said and done,” said Ball. “Obviously, that’s not enough to do Frank Maynard, but it would do some. It is a qualifying street. It’s a collective street. It could probably be enough to finish Mall Boulevard if you choose to do that.”
Ball added it would take roughly 6-8 months to begin the process with TDOT to use the STP funds.
“My only concern with Frank Maynard is from St. John to Phillips, I think we need to get somebody take some core samples, Mike’s guys or whoever, to see how thick really that asphalt is on that road,” said Ball. “To me, it looks like we’ve only got an inch and a half of surface mix,” he added. “At the end of the day, it’s a very high-volume road. I think we really think we need to reconsider the pavement thickness from St. John to Phillips.”
“Well, we need to look at it because we still have problems on Sampson from East Court up to Phillips. I know it’s really bad,” said Morgan. “I had a gentleman called me the other day on Fumbanks. I think we need to look at what’s best for our money and getting it around.”
Alderman and committee member Kevin Chaney added he had received calls about Valley.
“Valley would be one of the ones on my list besides Frank Maynard,” said McCulloch. “Valley is horrible.”
Morgan also mentioned from Wheeler to Sampson and St. John is not in ideal condition.
Alderman and committee member Bill Escue as well as Alderman Robert Taylor Jr. mentioned other streets including Hike Ave. near Wren Street, Bowen Lane, Thomas Ave., and Roberts Ave.
Morgan suggested the committee look at the various streets in the city, communicate with McCulloch of their concerns, and go from there.
With the actual spending being contingent on the bond fund, Anderson added he received an email during the meeting that the 20-day waiting period would be completed on Sept. 14, and the City should be made aware if they do in fact receive the funding within the days thereafter.
Prior to the end of the meeting, McCulloch mentioned that nearly 400 yards have been written up for overgrown grass.
“Out of those 400 yards, we are having to continuously mow right at 40 of them. We’re mowing 40 yards there and close to 30 street lots – that’s about 70 yards we’re mowing, plus all around the flower beds at the intersections, down on Community Park, all of those places where we keep the grass down where people come into the city, and that’s a lot more than what we were doing last year,” said McCulloch. “We’re picking up a lot of stuff that people don’t want to mow their yard.
“If you come by and see a yard that’s just a little bit high, I’ve only got three lawnmowers. We’re doing the best we can to stay on top of them. They’re doing a good job, I think.”
Discussion following McCulloch’s statement included the charge the City places on properties that they have to mow, which Dyersburg Mayor John Holden and City Recorder Bob Jones mentioned was $250.
“We do send bills out, and we’ve collected some money, more than I realized, but we’re filing liens against the property,” said Mayor Holden. “We have the authority to do that. Bob does that down at the courthouse, and eventually we get paid somehow someway when it gets sold.”
“But that’s only happened a couple of times this year,” added Jones.
The mayor added the issues normally involve individuals who are out of town, and the $250 charge was set by a previous board prior to the mayor’s tenure.
With no further discussion, the meeting was adjourned.