By Jeremy Elrod
The Colbert Council considered new options recently for the intersection of Fourth Street and Fourth Avenue.
“The county put me in contact with Phil Munro (county engineer), who was able to draw up some plans for the city to show what could potentially be done here at the intersection,” said Mayor Chris Peck. “We can look these over and decide whether or not what he’s put together would be a viable option.”
Mayor Peck said a drawing shows where the curb would be extended further from the edge in order to narrow the two lanes and create more definition between them.
“The curb won’t jut out too sharply because there are still delivery and fire trucks that need to be able to get in and out along this road, but you wouldn’t be able to cut the corner like people are currently doing,” said Peck.
Councilman Bert Robinson inquired if he had an estimated cost.
“No, Mr. Munro is just the engineer that drew up the plans and didn’t exactly have any estimates on cost,” he said. “It’s up to the council to decide whether or not we want to pursue this option that he’s drawn up and get quotes on the cost.”
Council member Evelyn Power inquired about directional road markings.
“The stripping of the road will be done as well, but that will be done through our LMIG funding,” Peck replied.
Following a unanimous decision to pursue price estimates, Peck offered final thoughts on the matter.
“This doesn’t necessarily mean that this is the option we have to go with, but we’ll seek out some price estimates on what something like this would cost and will go from there,” he said.
In other matters, the city will update its ordinances on mobile homes to properly coincide with that of the county and state ordinances. The city’s mill rate for the year will remain at 3.5 mills. Updates on the city’s water situation and well proposal were tabled until the September meeting. The positions of Bert Robinson and Evelyn Power will soon be up for election on the city council, both of which will now be for four-year terms. Also, the September meeting will be held on Aug. 25 due to the Labor Day holiday.
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