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Council approves $350,000 Street Rehab Program

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Hears update on TCEQ pending notices, votes down zoning change on Maryland Drive

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ATHENS–Athens City Council authorized City Manager Elizabeth Borstad to implement FY 2019 Street Rehabilitation and Seal Coat Program as presented by Public Works Director Thanasis Kombos.
Kombos presented detail on eight streets that would be overlaid at a total cost of $192,182. The overlay process will be completed by city staff. In addition, seven streets are slated for seal coat to be completed by vendors at a cost of $154,965.
Streets scheduled for the overlay program are:
• Faulk, from Larken to Massey, $46,950
• East Clinton, from Lucas to Robbins, $39,234
• MLK Jr. Blvd., from First to MLK Jr. Circle, $37,440
• Wood, from East Tyler to old railroad tracks, $35,640
• Colonial, from Arrowhead to Valle Vista, $8,660
• Ford, from Massey to Allen, $8,268
• Old Town Alley, entire street, $8,190
• College, Palestine to Prairieville, $7,800
Those scheduled for seal coat are:
• Old Kaufman, entire street, $26,424
• Athens Brick Road, entire street, $25,349
• Airport Road, entire street, $18,875
• Scott, from Stirman to railroad tracks, $17,512
• Oval, from Hillside to  illside, $14,018
• North Prairieville, from Larkin to Scott, $13,048
• Wooded Creek, one-half of east section, $8,746
Council also heard an update on pending TCEQ notices from Utilities Director Randy Williams. The inspection performed on the AMWA water treatment plant had resulted in 10 items requiring resolution seven of which were easily resolved, Williams said. Track 687000 a caustic system leak and Track 687005 Ammonia injection room exhaust fan and Track 687014 Deficient SWTP  (clarifier) capacity have also been addressed and resolved.
The City of Athens Water System had eight items identified, five of which were quickly resolved, two were water tanks in need of repairs that are still ongoing projects. The third was the booster station to correct low water pressure on the northeast side of town, which Williams reported is now complete.
The Council voted down a request from Marisa George for a zoning change to Multi-Family 2 for a property (currently a vacant lot) at 801 Maryland Drive to allow for duplexes to be built. After hearing from several property owners living on the street, most who spoke against the change citing possible decrease in property values, increased criminal activity and general nuisance, as well as recommendation for denial by Planning and Zoning, it was decided to leave the property Single Family 10.
Mayor Monte Montgomery commended George and her husband for their interest in the city and said, “We want to help you find a spot to develop. This just isn’t the right one.”
Councilman Ed McCain after hearing some of the comments made by the property owners said, “I think we need to be careful about the kind of judgements we are making about the kind of people who rent,” as he reminded the group that he rented for about two years before buying his home.
In other business, council members:
• heard a proclamation making Saturday April 6 Keep Athens Beautiful Spring Cleanup and commending Carol Morton for her work to keep the city a beautiful place in which to work and live
• heard final reading of an ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance regarding accessory buildings, eliminating redundancies and correcting errors
• discussed first reading of an ordinance adopting a Drought Contingency Plan
• heard update on police recruitment and retention
• discussed first reading of an resolution supporting Athens Economic Development Corporation’s Business Assistance Grant to John Johnson not to exceed $12,500


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