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Paving projects planned

SOUTH POINT – Residents might experience short delays as they travel several streets in South Point starting next month, but when the village’s $340,000 repaving project is completed, smoother streets will be the reward.

Saturday, September 30, 2000

SOUTH POINT – Residents might experience short delays as they travel several streets in South Point starting next month, but when the village’s $340,000 repaving project is completed, smoother streets will be the reward.

The project, if passed by village council, will include many streets in the corporation limits and will all be funded by tax dollars accumulated from a $5 license fee that is assessed on residents’ yearly tag fees, South Point Mayor Bill Gaskin said.

"We had been taking bids on the project and opened them up this week," Gaskin said. "Everything has come back within the specs of what we were looking for and the engineers are checking on the credentials of the low bidder and next lowest bidder."

A contract could be awarded as early as Tuesday night’s village council meeting, he added.

Gaskin said the resurfacing project will include virtually every street in the village.

"Solida Road won’t be done this year," he said. "Several other streets that have been paved within the last few years won’t be done. Even though most streets are in good shape now, we estimate that about 95 percent of the streets will be resurfaced."

At least three streets will receive paving for the first time and will be funded by residents who live on the streets, he added.

"We will be installing risers in the manhole covers on our own," Gaskin said. "We have over 100 covers that will need to be raised to sit level with the blacktop once it’s finished."

There are no traffic delays expected to occur as a result of the project and no long-term street closings are planned, he added.

"This is their tax dollars at work," he said. "By law, the licensing fees have to be put to work in keeping the streets maintained. When you can see where your money goes, I think people tend to appreciate it a little more. Our main goal is to get the project done before b ad weather sets in."