Three upcoming projects will make pavement smoother in Crothersville.
All-Star Paving of Seymour will do all three. The cost came to $27,382, but town council President Danieta Foster said the company offered a $1,000 discount if all three are done this year.
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The most expensive one is the north-south alley east of the post office that runs from Main Street to Howard Street. It costs $14,501.
Along with paving the alley, the approach on Howard Street will be repaired, Foster said.
“The post office alley is in really bad shape, and they are moving the mailbox out front (along Main Street) to the side to knock the rain off of it because when it rains, all of the mail gets wet,” Foster said. “They are going to be using the alley to put mail in the mailbox.”
Redoing the entrance to the police department parking lot along Moore Street will cost $7,584. The pavement and the sidewalk that goes across the entrance both have crumbled.
“It will make the entrance smaller, put grass in where part of the entrance is now. There will be less asphalt,” Foster said. “The entrance is way too big. They are going to bring it down.”
Councilman Jamy Greathouse asked if the ground-level sidewalk will remain across the entrance to the parking lot.
“I don’t think there will be a sidewalk,” Foster said. “It will just be pavement across there, which is the way it is in most places where there’s a parking lot entrance.”
The third project is to replace the asphalt that’s covering new drains on the edge of Grover Stacey’s property at 400 W. Howard St. That came in at $5,297.
In 2019, the town paid All-Star Paving $2,582 to take out part of a dock ramp and clear the rest of the area to allow water to flow near the former Versatech building. Then the town’s street department placed a 4-inch drainage pipe and topped it off with gravel as a temporary fix. That’s on the town’s right of way.
The town was going to put asphalt over the drain when weather warmed up, but that was never done.
“We promised Grover that last year, we would fix it. We need to get this done for sure,” Foster said.
Greathouse asked why the town only received one quote for the work.
“You can’t get anybody to bid right now,” Foster responded. “We’re lucky we got (All-Star Paving) to bid. All of the pavers are busy.”
She also said the quote received for the police department parking lot entrance is lower than a previous bid of $10,000 the town received.
Greathouse then seconded Vice President Chad Wilson’s motion since All-Star Paving is offering a discount on doing all three projects. The council approved the project on a 4-0 vote. Councilwoman Katie Masters was absent.
The money will come out of the county economic development income tax fund, so Foster said the council will have to approve a resolution to transfer that money during its next meeting at 6 p.m. April 7 at the town hall.
Foster said the town could not include the projects in a request for funds from the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program because they are not roads.
She said All-Star Paving will do the work when its schedule allows.