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Schuerman speed limit won't increase
, Courier Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 11:00 AM
The Carrollton City Council denied a request for a higher speed limit on a city street during a meeting Monday, but approved the first readings of two new city ordinances.
Area residents approached City Council members earlier this year about raising the speed limit on Schuerman Street from the posted 25 mph. The speed limit on nearby Gillock Road is 35 mph, which residents hoped would become the posted speed limit on Schuerman Street after discussions by city officials.
Carrollton Police Chief Michael Willhoite said a discussion about the speed limit had been held when the roadway first opened, but the S-curve and residential area led former Council members to set the speed limit at 25.
Council members agreed that safety would be a concern should the S-curve be taken at high speeds and could possibly cause property damage to a building located at the end of the curve.
Council members voted to keep the speed limit at 25 by a vote of 5-1, with Councilman Mike Gordon voting against the speed limit remaining the same.
Council members unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance for the 2013 Advalorem Tax Rate during the meeting.
The tax rate will increase by 4 percent, which is the first increase in the past three years. The increase of 1 cent per $100 of assessed value this year will make tax rates in the city 30 cents per $100 of assessed value.
No one from the community attended the public hearing for the tax rate increase, which was held prior to the regular City Council meeting.
Council members also unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance concerning the adoption of the Model Procurement Code for the purchase of goods and services. The Model Procurement Code "will maximize open and free competition," the ordinance said.
The ordinance states that purchases more than $500 but less than $20,000 do not have to be advertised. The state already requires the city to advertize projects more than $20,000 to allow companies an equal opportunity to bid on the project.
The city will be required to solicit responses from at least three vendors - if three vendors are available for the goods or services - under the ordinance.
A second reading of the ordinance will be held during Friday's special meeting.
In other business:
Dave Eberenz with Heritage Engineering presented a preliminary construction cost estimate for the city's riverwalk.
The base bid estimate - which includes a 10-foot wide sidewalk for the 2,100-foot walkway, plus earthwork and landscape - was $235,200.
Additional alternative estimates included an overlook sidewalk section, bench areas and a step seating area near the Jefferson Community and Technical College. The estimate did not include lights, benches or improvements to parking lots.
Councilman Robb Adams asked how much the city could reduce costs because the project already looks to come in over-budget with the estimates provided.
Council members agreed to look over the estimate and discuss it in more detail during a special meeting Friday before making final decisions.
The council tabled the discussion of the final payment to Kevco Construction for Two Rivers Campground. The council expects to discuss the final payment during a special meeting on Friday.
The council approved repairs, sealing and striping to the parking lot surrounding City Hall for $3,500. Mayor Gene McMurry said it had been at least four years since work had been done to the parking lot.
Council members approved a $9,500 project for Kemper Construction to install piers for the historic bridge project near Two Rivers Campground. The bridge is currently located near Dow Corning in Carrollton, but will be moved Aug. 19.
Willhoite updated Council members to a few changes within the police department during the meeting. He announced Tim Mitchell's promotion to sergeant. The promotion comes after retirements within the department.
Willhoite also announced that Keith Dews and Jennifer Berry have been hired as police officers. They are expected to begin Friday, and then go through 18 weeks of training at the police academy. Willhoite said this is the first time he can ever remember the city's police department hiring a woman to the force.
Carrollton City Council plans to hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Friday to hold the second readings of two ordinances, discuss the riverwalk information and discuss the final payment to Kevco Construction for Two Rivers Campground.
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