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Aldermen could set capital improvements list today


Carl Smith



City Engineer Edward Kemp will present a $1.2 million Fiscal Year 2014 capital improvements work list for improvements to Starkville's roads, drainage systems and sidewalks to aldermen today during a 5:30 p.m. recess meeting at City Hall. 


Starkville previously obligated itself to or already constructed improvements in many of the projects, according city documents, including Carver Drive drainage ditch improvements ($697,700 for construction, inspection, testing and federal review), road work in Bay Meadows and Kerkling subdivisions (a combined $198,000) and Lynn Lane right-of-way acquisitions ($132,000). 


Kemp's plan calls for remaining capital improvement funds to go toward numerous small-ticket, storm drainage projects at areas including Huntington Park, Pleasant Acres and Colonial Hills (about $49,000); a Garrard Road sidewalk connector ($9,600); Priority 7 street improvements for Gillespie and Montgomery streets, Forrest Hill Drive and the Highland Estates subdivision (about $152,000); and a speed table for Sycamore Street ($3,500). 


To fund the project list, the city will draw from its capital improvement budget allocations, funds specifically marked for the Carver Drive drainage ditch project, the board of aldermen's contingency plan and a $628,000 CAP loan. 


Starkville will turn its attention to Priority 8 and 9 streets in 2015 and 2016, respectively. With testing and contingency funding factored into the total, Kemp's report estimates $455,004 is needed in 2015 for 2.18 miles of roadwork, while about $450,000 is needed the next year for 2.73 miles of forecasted projects. 


The city's Priority 10 road list, which is comprised of 24 separate projects, is estimated to cost at least $1.23 million. 


Aldermen previously delayed Kemp's report to today after the board attorney said a public hearing on the matter was needed.


Carl Smith covers Starkville and Oktibbeha County for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @StarkDispatch



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