Unless some generous person decides to surprise Mayor Tom Arthur with a blank check, the Brazil City Council will continue working to smooth out the details of the city street repaving priority list.
Council members recently discussed Resolution 1-2005, which establishes a city street paving priority list for the current fiscal year. They approved the first reading of the resolution, and Councilman Jim Sheese voted in opposition during the Tuesday meeting.
But before members voted, Councilwoman Ann Bradshaw explained she has questions about the second-string street paving priority list. Revisions to the two lists should be made before making a final decision.
"Ohio Street is not a good street. Chicago Avenue has its problems," she said.
Councilwoman Pat Heffner, who indicated she has been looking at several streets in the city, raised the issue of the all-brick roadway on Chicago Avenue from U.S. 40 to Jackson Street.
"I hope we don't pave over that. It's so nice," she said.
Sheese had questions about obstacles with Warren Street, which he noted doesn't have any curbs. Mayor Tom Arthur agreed it is an issue, saying the high estimate for that road is about $50,000.
Regardless of other shuffling, Wheeler and Alabama streets will continue to top the primary priority list, Councilman Bill Lovett said.
Heffner also talked about Warren Street north from Central Avenue to Logan Street, noting one section appears to have no houses and resembles an alley. Councilman Marty Beasley explained the city pays to pour a lot of rock on that road. Some streets in Ward 3 have never been paved at all, Bradshaw pointed out.
"Central to Logan actually looks like an alley. From Compton to Hendrix on Warren is the worst," Arthur said.
Heffner said she has received three calls about North Meridian Street, and Beasley mentioned a water problem. Arthur said that problem involves a lack of storm drains there because they once drained into the wastewater system. The Hendrix Street liftstation had overflow problems, but when that problem was solved, it created another one. He said he's discussed the matter with Jerry and Terry Robison of Wastewater Collection, including the strip that runs to Colfax, and the possibility of putting storm drains in the alley.
"Before we fix that, I really want to fix that water problem," Arthur said.
Councilman Sheese also inquired about the $100,000 found for street repaving, and Arthur explained those dollars were budgeted into the MVH fund. But Sheese also voiced concern about residents living east of S.R. 59 and north of U.S. 40, who will have to wait until 2007 before they reap the benefits of freshly paved roads in their neighborhoods.
"We've got a lot of bad ones up there too," he said.
"When Ron (Muncie, Street Commissioner) and I sat down and looked at this, we tried to look at the city as a whole. We tried to look at what would give us the most bang right now," Arthur said. "Every ward has its problems. Ward 3 probably has the worst streets in the city."
Meanwhile, the other three wards are approximately the same regarding the state of their streets, he continued. "I would love nothing more than if someone walked into my office with a blank check tomorrow and said, 'Here, pave all the streets of Brazil.' But I know that's not going to happen."
In other street matters, the Mayor also told the Council the Durapatcher will be used when the weather is mild to repair streets throughout the city.
The Brazil City Council meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Meetings start at 7 p.m.