MP council eyes future projects

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


Mt. Pleasant city leaders spent the majority of Wednesday?s city council meeting looking into short- and long-term construction projects.

Council members approved a large bond issuance and also engineering services agreements for future street projects.

The council will host a public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 5:30 p.m. for the proposed issuance of not to exceed $6.3 million in general obligation capital loan notes to finance some projects in the near future.

Those projects include roads, park improvements, Aquatic Center improvements and a new rescue vehicle, City Administrator Brent Schleisman said.

?If we don?t do it (borrow the money), we won?t have the money to do the projects,? remarked Mayor Steve Brimhall.

City leaders did not give any specifics regarding the projects, but Brimhall said if the money doesn?t stretch to include all planned projects, the list will have to be modified.

Two engineering services agreements were approved with Warner Engineering Associates for studies on future road projects.

Warner will be paid $7,500 for engineering on the West Winfield Avenue replacement project. The city?s five-year road plan includes pavement replacement on Winfield between Grand and Broadway. No date has been set for the work.

The second project is improvements to South Jefferson Street from West South Street to West Green Street; West Clay Street to West Washington Street; and West Yocum Lane from South Jefferson to South White streets. Warner will receive $20,000 for survey work. No date has been set for that project, either.

Schleisman said the city is having the engineering services done early in hopes of obtaining federal grant money for the projects. ?We can ask for up to 8 percent of the project cost,? he said.

?We?ve been fortunate (in getting grants) in the past and we are applying early, hoping to receive some funds,? added Brimhall.

An example of a past federal grant is the $488,000 the city received which will be used for street and sidewalk reconstruction in the square area next summer.

In conjunction with the work downtown next summer, the council approved a $22,869 contract with TerraCom to monitor vibration because two buildings on the National Historic Registry are in the area and federal law mandates that vibration be monitored. Because federal grant money is being used, federal law must be followed.

Council members did receive some good news. A change order on the Courtland Street asphalt overlay reduced the price of the project by just over $30,000. The city realized a price decrease due to an adjustment in the quantities of product used in the work.

Second readings of proposed ordinances regarding park and recreation department fees and the building and zoning fee schedule were approved.

In department reports, Jack Swarm, city building and zoning director, urged residents to change batteries in their home?s smoke detectors.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the council will meet next in regular session on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.