Selmer Board of Aldermen funds streets and parks
By Jeff Whitten
The Selmer Board of Aldermen voted to fund street repairs and park cleanup at a special called meeting Friday, July 22.
The board voted to appropriate up to $150,000 from the general fund to complete the paving of downtown streets and alleys from Front Steet to Eighth Street and Cypress Avenue to Pharr Avenue. The work will be done by Andy Autry. Mayor David Robinson said it would probably not take the entire $150,000.
“I asked for the $150,000 to give him [Autry] some play. After he bid he saw that he missed some of the asphalt. I wouldn’t think more than 5 percent,” Robinson explained.
Public Utilities Director Richard Ashe told the board that when the grass was cleared off the asphalt it was wider than what Autry measured the first time.
They also approved a bid by Outdoors Unlimited to complete the cleanup of the Dixie property along the Cypress Creek bank from bridge on Purdy Road to the bridge on Highway 45.
The appropriation for street repaving will cover expenses not covered by a $500,000 U.S Department of Agriculture grant. The grant was to be used to replace water pipes.
Although the project came in at around $300,000 to $400,000 under budget, these funds can only be used for the water improvement project, according to Ashe.
These excess funds will be used to add 8-inch water lines along Falcon Road to the Bypass and any remaing funds will be used to add another feed to Hornsby. “Like Hornsby is now, if they cut the main line on [Highway] 64, Hornsby’s out of water,” Ashe said.
In response to a question by Vice-Mayor Paul Simpson, Ashe said that this work was not included in the original bid by Autry. Robinson added that Autry came back and bid on the job. Autry’s bid on the work was $113,000, Robinson said.
Ashe said he called Steve Redmon to give him a chance to bid on the job, but Redmon never got back to him.
Robinson said he didn’t think it was necessary to get bids but they would do it if Simpson thought it was necessary. The original estimates were only to repave sections of street that were cut by the water project, but that Autry bid on curb-to-curb repaving.