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Statham to reevaluate costs for road project

POSTED: August 17, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Statham is currently short nearly $30,000 for a McCarty Road repaving project and is looking to reevaluate costs for it.

The lowest bidder for the project as of Thursday night’s workshop meeting was the Stewart Brothers, who bid $85,175.

Of that number, Statham has nearly $18,700 from a Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant and almost $37,000 combined from 2005 and 2006 special-purpose local-option sales taxes.

After pulling those funds, the City would still need about $29,700 to meet the lowest bid figure to repave the road. City Administrator Steve Martin suggested changing the plans to "spot-patching" the road, rather than repaving it, and seeing what the lowest bid for that would be. Council members agreed.

Statham is also looking to authorize improvements to their city vehicles and landscaping equipment in the upcoming council meeting on Tuesday night.

In Thursday’s meeting, Martin proposed the disposal of six surplus vehicles, the proceeds of which would go toward purchasing five replacement vehicles that are in "better shape" than what the city has now.

Martin said the current water truck plant stalls randomly while being operated and did so recently while turning in traffic.

The surplus vehicles to potentially be disposed of include two ‘06 Crown Victoria police cars, a ‘99 Crown Victoria police car, a ’94 Ford F-150 work truck from the street department, a ’96 GMC Jimmy and a ’95 Ford F-150 work truck from the water plant.

According to the workshop agenda, of the five vehicles the City may use the proceeds to purchase, two would be for the street department and one each for the building department, water plant and City Hall.

Additionally, the council will vote Tuesday on the use of a budgeted $7,000 to purchase a riding lawn mower and possibly a weed eater, edger or blower. Martin said the city currently has three broken riding mowers.

More than the budgeted funds may be needed for this, Martin said, in an amount which Council Member Betty Lyle initially guessed might be $1,200-$1,500.



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