Aldermen to discuss ditch project

December 3, 2012 10:12:59 AM



The Starkville Board of Aldermen will kick off December with several items to consider Tuesday night. 


Topping the agenda is a collaborative effort with the Mississippi Department of Transportation in a capital improvements project, not to exceed $20,000, to improve a drainage ditch along Highway 182. 


The aldermen received a report from MDOT in May on the status of overlay plans, with work to begin during the summer, but a lack of state funds forced MDOT to seek federal funding.  


The fix would likely be temporary, but some officials feel it is necessary due to the significant drainage issues. A complete road reconstruction could reportedly cost the city as much as $40 million.  


The board will also consider the addition of a roundabout at Lafayette Street, just south of Lampkin Street. The proposal comes from Pryor & Morrow Architects, who are representing First Baptist Church. 


The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing for FBC Starkville in early November, and reviewed plans for the roundabout, as well as a new children's building and a new parking lot for the church.  


In other business, the board will discuss the structure of the building, codes and planning department and the job description and duties for the department head.  


Chris Gottbrath, chairman of the transportation commission, and Matt Watson, with the commission on disability, will make a public appearance and present recommendations for capital projects for the upcoming fiscal year. 


The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.