The mayor and City Council learned at Monday afternoon’s meeting that Phase III of the city’s Street Rehabilitation Project has been submitted to the state for review and endorsement.

Engineer Mark McCarty said the objective is to have state approval as soon as possible in order to get the bid offering process started and work under way.

Estimated cost of the work is about $530,000, leaving a quarter million in the project bank account after three work segments. The city’s share of the $1 million total project is $250,000; state capital outlay covers the balance.

Councilman Tony Shapkoff asked McCarty what the life of a street overlay is. He replied that many variables, such as traffic volume, make that difficult to determine. 

Councilman Danny Dowd asked if base repairs are included in the street project. The engineer said that is the case in some, but not all.

Dowd pointed out that base failures are noticeable on 10th Street and Boone Street, portions of both of which are included in the Phase III work.

“The state did work fairly recently (on Boone) and they are already failing,” Dowd said.

Mayor Rick Allen pointed out that only a portion of 10th is included in the current list. He said the city is negotiating with the Vernon Parish Police Jury on an intergovernmental agreement for improvements on the southern portion.

Shapkoff wondered if the city should hold off on the Boone overlay until the parish-city agreement is worked out.

Allen noted that the nature of the two projects is quite different, involving different equipment on site, etc. “This (current list) is patch and overlay, not heavy work,” he said.

Shapkoff wondered how much the jury was going to contribute to the major work still to be scheduled on 10th and when the work would be done. 

Allen said the dollar amount was still undetermined, but that he hoped to have a resolution “shortly after the first of the year.”

Shapkoff, in a light manner, suggested that 10th Street be done last on the overlay list.

Allen, responding to a question from Shapkoff, said there is money left in the street budget for purchasing equipment that will allow the city to properly work roads.

Streets on the next phase include: 

Arkansas, from 6th to 5th; Boone, from Sartor to U.S. 171; First, from Maggie to Mechanic; Harriet, from 6th to 5th; Maggie, from 6th to 5th; Mechanic, from 6th to 5th;Mechanic, from 1st to dead end; North, from 6th to 5th; Smart, from University to curve; Smith, from 1st to curve; South, from 6th to 5th; Tenth, from Lula to La. 8.