By Jeremy Elrod
The Colbert City Council received two bids for paving and repairing South Fourth Street May 6, but the group also discussed ways to better use the state funding.
“We’ve received two bids for paving the entire strip of S. Fourth Street and a few other places, but unfortunately they may be too high for us to consider taking on at the moment,” said Mayor Chris Peck. “We have $8,400 that we’re getting from the LMIG (Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant) to do the project, but we still have to come up with 30 percent of that to put forth ourselves in order to receive the grant.”
Peck said the city has up to three years to use LMIG funds.
“So we could hoard this year’s LMIG amount and add it to next year’s amount to do one big project,” said Peck. “Or, we could re-evaluate the entire project, and just accept a bid to take care of the worst parts of the road instead of doing the entire thing.”
City advisor John Waggoner offered a suggestion.
“Since we should get about the same amount of LMIG money next year, I would just patch up the worst places for the time being and use the combined funds to do a larger project later,” he said.
“That may be the best option and use of funding on our part,” said Peck. “We just need to keep in mind that when we combine the two LMIG amounts, the amount we’ll have to put forth for our 30 percent will increase as well.”
Councilman Tim Wyatt questioned what the funds could be used towards.
“Can the LMIG grant be used to do a patch job on the roads, or does it have to be used to pave the entire thing?” he asked.
Peck said he isn’t sure of all the specifics regarding LMIG money.
“So I’ll call the DOT tomorrow to find out,” he said. “In the meantime, we’ll contact All About Asphalt to accept their bid for patching certain spots in the road instead of paving the entire street.”