Centerville to seek grant for road repaving

Telegraph correspondentNovember 6, 2013 

CENTERVILLE -- City Council will seek a Georgia Department of Transportation grant that will help repave almost four miles of road.

Council approved Tuesday seeking a Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant that will amount to getting $61,081 from the state with a required local match of $18,324.

However, the entire paving project council is undertaking will cost a projected $529,623. The difference of over $450,000 will be paid from other city money in its water and sewer balance fund.

Council members agreed timing was good for the sizable project.

“Now’s the time to do it,” said Mike Brumfield, city utilities superintendent, in recommending the project to council.

According to Mayor John Harley, it’s good timing because Houston County, Pulaski County and the communities within them are cooperating and combining road projects under a unified bidding process. Doing so, he said, yields significant savings.

City Administrator Patrick Eidson said last year -- the first year of the cooperative effort -- Centerville saved through the combined bidding process, was able to pave an additional stretch of road and had $6,000 left from what it expected to pay.

Council’s list of roads to be repaved includes: Houston Lake Boulevard from Dunbar Road to near Collins Avenue where previous repaving ended; all of Elizabeth Drive; all of David Terrace; all of Cross Ridge Drive; all of Chase Circle; and Scarborough Road from Carl Vinson Parkway to the city limits.

In other business, council agreed to spend $114,609 in designated special purpose local option sales tax funds for furniture for Centerville’s new law enforcement center; $695 for an ad and information in the 2014 Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce map; and $1,000 for an ad in January’s Georgia Trend Magazine, which highlights Houston County.

Council also discussed having a city coin made. Further discussion on the city coin was tabled until a later date.

Contact Michael W. Pannell at mwpannell@gmail.com.

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