McMinnville officials plan to continue paving streets during the upcoming fiscal year. However, pothole-filled Sunnyside Heights may not be included because one property owner has yet to sign the required documents.
The proposed Street Aid budget for fiscal year 2016-17 includes $200,000 for street paving.
“We figure that will pave eight streets,” said McMinnville Public Works Department assistant director Brad Hennessee. “We figure the average street costs $25,000 to pave. We’ve got the list based on the pavement conditioning index but some of those streets are longer than others. We figured the average of $25,000 per street.”
The city began using a pavement conditioning index (PCI) program in early 2009. Streets are surveyed by employees and rated on quality. The list is then used to target streets in the worst condition first. The city has 300 streets. Of those, 83 have been paved using $2 million that the city borrowed.
The information was presented to the Street and Sanitation Committee on Tuesday with members Ryle Chastain, Jimmy Bonner and Steve Harvey in attendance.
Hennessee says paving those 83 worst streets has improved the city’s overall street quality.
“To give you an idea of where the condition index went from, before anything was paved out of the $2 million, the average number was in the high 60s and now we are in the low 80s. That’s a big improvement. We’ve got 10-12 streets that are in dire need of paving and a shorter list of streets that need significant patching,” said Hennessee.
The $200,000 will complete most of the streets in “dire need” of paving.
Bonner asked if Sunnyside Heights is included on the list.
“That is one of the streets that we are considering including,” said Hennessee. “It’s never been in that pavement conditioning index list because it wasn’t a city street. Once that is included, it would certainly be one of the worst areas.”
Sunnyside Heights is not currently a city-owned street. According to city attorney Tim Pirtle, one signature of a property owner is missing from the documents.
“We are waiting on signatures from JRN, the corporation that owns Kentucky Fried Chicken, and then we will be done,” said Pirtle.
Committee members reviewed and unanimously approved the proposed budgets for Public Works, Vehicle Maintenance, Animal Control, Urban Landscape, Solid Waste Collection and Disposal, and Street Aid during the meeting. The budgets will be sent to the city Finance Committee for its consideration.