The Russellville City Council Finance Committee voted to send several appropriations to the full council for consideration next week, including funding for a new bore under Interstate 40 in conjunction with the Weir Road water and sewer lines project.
Dave Garza of Barrett and Associates gave an update on the project during discussion of the appropriation of $82,798. He said the original bore under the interstate that was done about 13-14 years ago and was going to be used for the water and sewer line installation could not be used after inspection.
“It was discovered that the original bore we had anticipated to use had collapsed, therefore we will need to do a new bore,” he said.
Garza said the cost should be about $24,000 under what was left to be appropriated for the project.
The committee also recommended for approval a resolution to accept contract with Bob Hiegel to update the downtown Streetscape. An appropriation of $44,000 went along with the resolution.
Alderman Robert Wiley suggested Morgan Barrett should be brought in to help Hiegel, and he was told Barrett will be brought in later. The discussion pertained to the future project of renovating streets and drainage in the downtown area that will involve City Corporation and several utilities and groups to do all the underground work at the same time.
Open for business
Council members agreed that something needed to be done about lighting on Interstate 40 and the interchanges through Russellville.
“I really think the council needs to give this full consideration,” Alderwoman Freddie Harris said. “As Mr. [Paul] Harvel [River Valley Alliance executive director] said, We need to look like we are open for business. And right now, we are in the dark. We need to definitely do the exits.”
Alderman Mark Tripp said designs or an engineer needed to determine how much it would cost to install lighting at every interchange, as well as get prices on the exchanges and everything in between.
Other appropriations voted to go before the full council:
• $190,000 for city’s part of 50/50 matching government TIPS grant, already approved by the council, that would fund new lights and poles at Shiloh Park.
• $5,000 for the design and concept for ADA playground and bike park at Vick Field.
• $8,916.20 to replace televisions in council chambers.
• $2,278.12 roll-over grant funds or Historic District Commission.
• $45,329 to re-roof the old Central Fire Station.