Exeter CC approves street repair project

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Exeter City Council made plans to move forward with a street repair project at special open meeting held on May 23.

The aldermen approved a $108,978.20 bid from Hutchens Construction for the street repair project. The bid includes costs for surface preparation, pothole patching and seal and coat surfacing.

The city also received a $118,322 bid from Swift Construction Company, of Neosho, and a $152,656 bid from Blevins Asphalt Construction, of Mt. Vernon.

The aldermen authorized the issuance of $145,000 in bonds that remained after the completion of the city's drinking water system improvement project.

"For the water project, we had a $950,000 bond," said Myrna Eisenbraun, city clerk. "We didn't spend all of the money so USDA allowed us to use the remainder of the funds to repair the streets that were disrupted by the water project."

Hutchens Construction will begin the street improvement project this month. Improvements should be completed by July 30. All Exeter city streets will be addressed.

"Where we patched the streets after the water project was complete there are some humps, which will be smoothed out," said Mayor Rusty Reed. "Our streets have been neglected for several yeas. We want to smooth them up with chip and seal."

After the project is complete, Reed hopes to see smooth streets throughout the Exeter community.

In other business, the Exeter City Council:

* Established a project account at Security Bank for the street improvement project. Reed, Aldermen Rhonda Scott and Jimmie Morse and Eisenbraun will serve as authorized signers on the account.

* Voted to allow Justin Fohn to serves as a reserve officer for the city. Fohn will patrol the city some nights and weekends.

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