Council has $40,000 in city money and $50,000 in Laurens County Transportation Committee money. Five streets have been identified by an engineer as in the most need of paving and repair.
Members decided to ride a bus and look at the streets: Mary Street, Forest Street, Baldwin Circle Extension, Buice Circle and Woodrow Street.
Council members Shirley Jenkins and Mary Byrd said the streets they want fixed are Forest and Mary streets.
Council member Gary Kuykendall said there looks to be a water problem on Forest Street that needs to be corrected. Byrd suggested Public Works Director Dale Satterfield be included on the bus ride.
After the bus tour, council will have a called meeting to make a roads repair recommendation. The Laurens County CTC recommends repaving Woodrow Street.
CTC member Charlotte Strickland said council should pave streets that have the most traffic and are in the worst condition. Stovall said Woodrow Street was added by the CTC, and was not on a list prepared by staff for the council to consider. Council is using a 2015 engineering study by AECOM to assist in its decision-making. Stovall said the study likely is out of date.
Council was told just two streets can be repaved and repaired, based on the available money.
Stovall said, “What staff needs is which of the five streets should we spend the money on and in what order.”
In other business, council was informed that Jerre Threatt, director of community development, secured for the city a SC Department of Archives and History grant for the city-owned D.E. Tribble building on Gary Street. The $30,000 state grant will require a $30,000 local match.
That money will not make the building “habitable” but the exterior can be stabilized. Then, the city can decide how to move ahead on possible adaptive re-use of the D.E. Tribble building.